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Friends, foes, and future directions: U.S. partnerships in a turbulent world

Friends, foes, and future directions: U.S. partnerships in a turbulent world

Binnendijk, Hans, author

" ... RAND experts explore the elements of a national strategy for the conduct of U.S. foreign and security policy in this administration and the next. The report evaluates three broad strategies for dealing with U.S. partners and adversaries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in a time of diminishing defense budgets and an American public preference for a domestic focus. The three strategies are to be more assertive, to be more collaborative, or to retrench from international commitments. All three of these alternative approaches are constrained and a balance will need to be struck among them -- that balance may differ from region to region."--Publisher's description

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2016

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Statement of responsibility: Hans Binnendijk
ISBN: 0833092367, 9780833092205, 9780833092366
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-163).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xix, 163 pages) : color maps.
Publisher Number: RR-1210-RC
Series: Research report ; RR-1210-RC; Strategic rethink
Subject: Military relations.; Military policy.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; United States.; National security.; National security United States.; POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations Treaties.; World politics 21st century.; World politics.; United States Military policy.; HISTORY Military Other.; United States Military relations.
Series Title: Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-1210-RC.; Strategic rethink.
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  1. Introduction
  2. The Partnership Setting
  3. Anatomy of the Potential Adversaries: China ; Russia ; North Korea ; Iran ; Salafi jihadism
  4. U.S. Constraints Limit Assertiveness
  5. European Partners and the "Free Rider" Problem
  6. Asian Partners and Inadequate Security Structures
  7. In Search of a Middle East Partnership Strategy
  8. Conclusion: Choosing an Approach.