The Rise of China and the Decline of the U.S. Army

I have spoken with more than a few officers from those two services over the past decades who have complained about how all the attention focused on Afghanistan and Iraq has been detrimental to the interests of the Air Force and the Navy. This situation is likely to change significantly in the next 2 decades, and the Army is likely to be treated as the least important of the three services, which means it will be allocated less of the Pentagon’s resources than either the Air Force or the Navy.

. What is the future of U. S. Landpower? this is another way of asking: What is the future of the U. S. Indeed, the army will probably have to work extremely hard to secure large numbers of defense dollars. Army? the army has been the most important of the three major military services over the past decade, mainly because of the prominence of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

The air force and especially the Navy have played secondary roles in those conflicts.

Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities

It makes far more sense, he maintains, for Washington to adopt a more restrained foreign policy based on a sound understanding of how nationalism and realism constrain great powers abroad. But this is not what has happened. A major theoretical statement by a distinguished political scholar explains why a policy of liberal hegemony is doomed to fail In this major statement, the foreign policy pursued by the United States since the Cold War ended, the renowned international-relations scholar John Mearsheimer argues that liberal hegemony, is doomed to fail.

. It is widely believed in the west that the United States should spread liberal democracy across the world, foster an open international economy, and build institutions. Instead, the united states has ended up as a highly militarized state fighting wars that undermine peace, harm human rights, and threaten liberal values at home.

This policy of remaking the world in America’s image is supposed to protect human rights, promote peace, and make the world safe for democracy. Mearsheimer tells us why this has happened.

The Tragedy of Great Power Politics Updated Edition

Posen, the national interestthe updated edition of this classic treatise on the behavior of great powers takes a penetrating look at the question likely to dominate international relations in the twenty-first century: Can China rise peacefully? In clear, John Mearsheimer explains why the answer is no: a rising China will seek to dominate Asia, determined to remain the world's sole regional hegemon, while the United States, eloquent prose, will go to great lengths to prevent that from happening.

A superb book. Mearsheimer has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the behavior of great powers. Barry R. The tragedy of great power politics is inescapable.

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

Now in a work of major importance, Mearsheimer and Walt deepen and expand their argument and confront recent developments in Lebanon and Iran. Mearsheimer and walt provocatively contend that the lobby has a far-reaching impact on America's posture throughout the Middle East—in Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and the policies it has encouraged are in neither America's national interest nor Israel's long-term interest.

The israel lobby, " by John J. They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds. The lobby's influence also affects America's relationship with important allies and increases dangers that all states face from global jihadist terror.

Walt of harvard's John F. Foreign policy. Foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction. Kennedy school of Government, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the london review of books in March 2006, it provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what had been a taboo issue in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.

S. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen M.

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?

Over the past five hundred years, these conditions have occurred sixteen times; war broke out in twelve. A fine book. New york times book review. In destined for war,  eminent harvard scholar graham Allison masterfully blends history and current events to explain the timeless machinery of Thucydides’s Trap—and to explore the painful steps that might prevent disaster today.

A must-read book in both Washington and Beijing. Niall ferguson, boston globe   “allison is a first-class academic with the instincts of a first-rate politician. Bloomberg news   “full of wide-ranging, erudite case studies that span human history. Today, and both xi jinping and donald trump promise to make their countries “great again, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America, ” the seventeenth case looks grim.

. A new york times notable book of the year | short-listed for the 2018 lionel gelber prize | named a best book of the year by: FINANCIAL TIMES * THE TIMES LONDON * AMAZON  “Allison is one of the keenest observers of international affairs around. Joe biden, former vice president of the United States   China and the United States are heading toward a war neither wants.

The reason is thucydides’s Trap: when a rising power threatens to displace a ruling one, violence is the likeliest result. A trade conflict, cyberattack, Korean crisis, or accident at sea could easily spark a major war.

The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State

She also assesses their implications for the rest of the world, and provides recommendations for how the United States and others should navigate their relationship with this vast nation in the coming years. Economy provides an incisive look at the transformative changes underway in China today. Chinese leader xi jinping has unleashed a powerful set of political and economic reforms: the centralization of power under Xi, social, and economic life, himself, the expansion of the Communist Party's role in Chinese political, and the construction of a virtual wall of regulations to control more closely the exchange of ideas and capital between China and the outside world.

In so doing, the chinese leadership is reversing the trends toward greater political and economic opening, as well as the low-profile foreign policy, that had been put in motion by Deng Xiaoping's "Second Revolution" thirty years earlier. Through a wide-ranging exploration of xi jinping's top political, enhancing air quality, reforming the state-owned enterprise sector, shortcomings, improving the country's innovation capacity, and elevating China's presence on the global stage-Economy identifies the tensions, economic and foreign policy priorities-fighting corruption, managing the Internet, and successes of Xi's reform efforts over the course of his first five years in office.

Beyond its borders, beijing has recast itself as a great power, seeking to reclaim its past glory and to create a system of international norms that better serves its more ambitious geostrategic objectives. In the third revolution, eminent China scholar Elizabeth C.

The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy

But his erratic and impulsive style of governing, combined with a deeply flawed understanding of world politics, are making a bad situation worse. From the new york Times–bestselling author Stephen M. Power to spread democracy, open markets, and other liberal values into every nook and cranny of the planet.

This long-overdue shift will require abandoning the futile quest for liberal hegemony and building a foreign policy establishment with a more realistic view of American power. Relations with russia and china have soured, nationalism and populism are on the rise, the European Union is wobbling, and the United States is stuck in costly and pointless wars that have squandered trillions of dollars and undermined its influence around the world.

The root of this dismal record, Walt argues, is the American foreign policy establishment’s stubborn commitment to a strategy of “liberal hegemony. Since the end of the cold War, Republicans and Democrats alike have tried to use U. S. This strategy was doomed to fail, but its proponents in the foreign policy elite were never held accountable and kept repeating the same mistakes.

Donald trump won the presidency promising to end the misguided policies of the foreign policy “Blob” and to pursue a wiser approach. Walt’s the hell of good intentions offers both a compelling diagnosis of America’s recent foreign policy follies and a proven formula for renewed success. The best alternative, is a return to the realist strategy of “offshore balancing, nation-building, Walt argues, ” which eschews regime change, and other forms of global social engineering.

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

The perfect weapon is the dramatic story of how great and small powers alike slipped into a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target. Two presidents—bush and obama—drew first blood with operation olympic games, and yet America proved remarkably unprepared when its own weapons were stolen from its arsenal and, during President Trump’s first year, which used malicious code to blow up Iran’s nuclear centrifuges, turned back on the US and its allies.

This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world’s powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict. The perfect weapon is the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb.

But to see the dnc hacks as trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the State Department, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country.

Cheap to acquire, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes—from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt—cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, easy to deny, and terrorists. The government was often paralyzed, unable to threaten the use of cyberweapons because America was so vulnerable to crippling attacks on its own networks of banks, utilities, and government agencies.

Moving from the white house situation room to the dens of chinese government hackers to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger—who broke the story of Olympic Games in his previous book—reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution.

In 2015, russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy.

The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century

Kaplan that will be regarded as a classic. General David Petraeus U. S. Army, Ret. Thoughtful, but not apocalyptic analyses of world affairs flow steadily off the presses, unsettling, and this is a superior example. The return of marco polo’s World is another work by Robert D. Kaplan outlines the timeless principles that should shape America’s role in a turbulent world that encompasses the Chinese challenge.

. From kaplan’s immediate thoughts on president trump to a frank examination of what will happen in the event of war with North Korea, these essays are a vigorous reckoning with the difficult choices the United States will face in the years ahead. Praise for the return of Marco Polo’s World“Elegant and humane.

Presented with enough verve and insight to tempt readers to set it aside to reread in a few years. Kirkus review starred review“An astute, powerfully stated, and bracing presentation. Booklist “this volume compiles sixteen major essays on America’s foreign policy from national security commentator Kaplan.

. Now, in the early twenty-first century, the Chinese regime has proposed a land-and-maritime Silk Road that duplicates exactly the route Marco Polo traveled. Drawing on decades of firsthand experience as a foreign correspondent and military embed for The Atlantic,  Robert D.

The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World

An incisive, elegantly written, new book about America’s unique role in the world. Tom friedman, the new york timesa brilliant and visionary argument for America's role as an enforcer of peace and order throughout the world--and what is likely to happen if we withdraw and focus our attention inward. Recent years have brought deeply disturbing developments around the globe.

A true realism, is based on the understanding that the historical norm has always been toward chaos--that the jungle will grow back, he argues, if we let it. American sentiment seems to be leaning increasingly toward withdrawal in the face of such disarray. In this powerful, robert kagan elucidates the reasons why American withdrawal would be the worst possible response, urgent essay, based as it is on a fundamental and dangerous misreading of the world.

Like a jungle that keeps growing back after being cut down, left unchecked, the world has always been full of dangerous actors who, possess the desire and ability to make things worse. Kagan makes clear how the "realist" impulse to recognize our limitations and focus on our failures misunderstands the essential role America has played for decades in keeping the world's worst instability in check.


On Grand Strategy

Roosevelt and beyond. A master class in strategic thinking, paul kennedy, distilled from the legendary program the author has co-taught at Yale for decadesFor almost two decades, Yale students have competed for admission each year to the "Studies in Grand Strategy" seminar taught by John Lewis Gaddis, and Charles Hill.

Now gaddis has distilled that teaching into a succinct, sharp and potentially transformational book, surveying statecraft from the ancient Greeks to Franklin D. An unforgettable guide to the art of leadership, On Grand Strategy is, in every way, its own master class. Its purpose has been to prepare future leaders for responsibilities they will face, through lessons drawn from history and the classics.