American Grand Strategy and the Rise of Offensive Realism

Author
Ionut Popescu
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
134
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Spring 2019
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
FOR MOST OF THE POST–COLD WAR ERA, and some say even as far back as the dawn of the Cold War, America’s grand strategy has been portrayed as having had its theoretical underpinnings in a liberal internationalist understanding of world politics. Washington’s role in the world, the dominant narrative goes, was that of a security and economic guarantor of a “liberal world order.” 1 More often than not, this world order was grounded in a set of rules and institutions that helped advance America’s goals but also generally promoted international peace, stability, and prosperity. In G. John Ikenberry’s words, America was a “liberal Leviathan.”
Topic
International Affairs
Political Geography
Global Focus