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"A bracing antidote to simplistic thinking about complex policies."—Publishers Weekly
"All Measures Short of War . . . offers a lively, engaging roadmap to a world that, as Wright notes, is characterized less by global convergence and more by rising nationalism and cutthroat national competition."—Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy
"Important and timely. . . . Among the many virtues of this book are its clarity and precision. . . . An essential starting place to debate how the United States might mix confrontation and accommodation in an era of crafty revisionists, diminished resources, and ideological turmoil."—Paul K. MacDonald, Political Science Quarterly
Thomas Wright's All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the Twenty-First Century and the Future of American Power has been selected for the shortlist of the Council on Foreign Relations’ 2018 Arthur Ross Book Award!
“All Measures Short of War presents a clear-eyed analysis of the return of geopolitics and points a way for U.S. foreign policy to navigate this new landscape.”—Francis Fukuyama, author of Political Order and Political Decay
"Wright has written an important book at a critical time. The United States and its allies face rising threats in the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe; the liberal international order has not confronted greater challenges for decades. Wright makes a considered, nuanced case for renewed U.S. international engagement and leadership."—Andrew Shearer, Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former national security advisor to Prime Ministers Howard and Abbott of Australia
"In this important and timely book, Thomas Wright argues that great power convergence is in decline and a new era of greater geopolitical competition is upon us, with profound implications for globalization, U.S. strategy, and international order."—Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush
"Wright is an incredibly perceptive observer of the global security order. In All Measures Short of War he has provided the best account yet of the recurrence of great power competition and its implications for U.S. policymakers. I know of no better guide to the end of the Age of Obama and the emergence of the Era of Trump."—Eric S. Edelman, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Roger Herzog Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
"Contemplating a regressive future that resembles a past when great powers clashed and war was politics by other means, Wright advocates a concept of 'responsible competition' that harnesses globalization to maintain a cold peace in a dangerous world. Persuasive, important, and timely."—Strobe Talbott, former Deputy Secretary of State and author of The Great Experiment
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.31 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0300223285
- ISBN-13 : 978-0300223286
- Dimensions : 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
- Publisher : Yale University Press; 1st edition (May 23, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #664,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wright has a BA and MA from University College Dublin, an M Phil in international studies from Cambridge University, and a PhD in government from Georgetown University.
It is difficult to say who might find this work of interest. Its virtue is that in the field of International Relations his composition is rich in the jargon of the field and he balances his basic thesis against the work of other scholars so it takes on the qualities of a text book with rich references to pursue.
But its shortcoming for this reviewer is that it never departs from the premise that the U.S.A. is the Nucleus of the Universe and American ‘National Interest’ are the overriding world’s promise without specifying what those interests are and who they serve in the three regions of his concern, Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East. He leaves them in the vague categories of Liberal, Democratic, and Inclusive at a time when he does note that those three categories are under stress’ In short he is holding to a defense that Pax Americana was good and must continue when America’s role may be slipping and in search of content. This rises to the level of ideology or more simply Conventional Thoughts by an Insider; of interest to those who concur and few others.
An alternative would be that Pax Americana has created chaos and has little to show except the survival of alliances that themselves are under intense stress; as many other authors engage: That list would be long. A good and more insightful follow up would be Easternization: Asia's Rise and America's Decline From Obama to Trump and Beyond by Gideon Rachman. From reviews it sounds like Haass’ latest book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, run parallel to Wright’s work but perhaps a bit more Hawkish.
Wright devises the strategy of ‘responsible competition’ as a strategy of liberal internationalism for a more geopolitically competitive world. Competition means that rival powers will try to weaken the U.S. model of international order and advance their own. However, this competition can and ought to be circumscribed, that is ‘responsible’, since the United States must still cooperate with rivals on areas of common interest. Thus, the strategic goal cannot be the destruction of the rival’s state or a full-on competition to contain that state’s influence wherever it pops up. ‘The real challenge is the management of risk: How much risk should the United States incur to uphold the liberal international order?’ (P.188) In order to compete successfully and responsibly with the rivals, the United States needs to identify their strategic objectives in the first place. Then, the liberal order needs to be strengthened and any attempts to weaken it pushed back, regionally or globally. In essence, it amounts to balancing the rivals in a restricted manner.
For more sophisticated discussion on the United States’ global role in the 21st century, I would recommend Stephen Brooks’ America Abroad and The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski.
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