The New U.S. Strategic Debate
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This RAND report examines the emerging debate in the United States over post-Cold War national security strategy. It discusses the ideas now clashing and competing for preeminence as our leaders seek to forge a new post- Cold War national security consensus in a changing domestic context. For the past four decades, the United States has enjoyed a bipartisan consensus in national security strategy. That consensus is now eroding as politicians and diplomats, strategists and defense planners, and scholars and the general public grapple with the meaning of the end of the Cold War. In its place a burgeoning debate is emerging about the nature of the post-Cold War world and the desired American role in it. Against this background, strategists and defense planners need, more than ever before, to be cognizant of the domestic pressures reshaping elite and public thinking. This essay should be read as a contribution to a better understanding of these factors.
- Government and Political Science