INAF-496 U.S. Strategy in Asia: History and Practice
Spring for 2017-2018
This course explores the evolution of American grand strategy towards Asia since the birth of the Republic and applies those lessons to contemporary policy challenges in the region. The course begins with a general definition of “grand strategy” and a consideration of the strengths and weaknesses that American geography, culture and institutions bring to its practice. Key issues will include the intersection of security, commerce and values in the definition of American interests; the impact of the American system of “checks and balances” on the conceptualization and implementation of grand strategy; and the role of external threats in shaping American strategic thinking. Subsequent classes will examine distinct chapters or turning points in American strategic approaches to Asia, returning to the template established in the first class to consider what factors caused new strategic concepts to emerge and what explained their relative success and failure in implementation. In the final part of the course, students will design a grand strategy for U.S. Asia policy today.
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