The Myth of "Securing the Commons"

Author
Gabriel M. Scheinmann, Raphael S. Cohen
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
35
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Winter 2012
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
Not since President George W. Bush uttered the words “axis of evil” has a strategic phrase generated as much Beltway buzz as “securing the commons.” One of the few points of agreement between President Obama's 2010 National Security Strategy, the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Report, the neoconservative Project for the New America's Century's “Rebuilding American Defense” report, various NATO research papers, and numerous think tank publications is that they all emphasize the importance of “safeguarding the global commons.”
Political Geography
America