The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and by Jakub J. Grygiel

By Jakub J. Grygiel

From the Baltic to the South China Sea, newly assertive authoritarian states feel a chance to resurrect previous empires or construct new ones at America's price. Hoping that U.S. decline is genuine, international locations akin to Russia, Iran, and China are trying out Washington's unravel by way of concentrating on susceptible allies on the frontiers of yank energy. The Unquiet Frontier explains why the U.S. wishes a brand new grand approach that makes use of powerful frontier alliance networks to elevate the prices of army aggression within the new century.

Jakub Grygiel and Wess Mitchell describe the competitive equipment rival countries are utilizing to check U.S. energy in strategically serious areas in the course of the global. They exhibit how emerging and revisionist powers are placing strain on our frontier allies—countries like Poland, Israel, and Taiwan—to gauge our leaders' dedication to upholding the U.S.-led international order. to deal with those risky dynamics, apprehensive U.S. allies are diversifying their national-security "menu playing cards" via beefing up their militaries or perhaps aligning with their aggressors. Grygiel and Mitchell demonstrate how quite a few would-be nice powers use an arsenal of uneven thoughts to probe and sift American power throughout numerous areas at the same time, and the way competitors and allies alike are studying from America's administration of more and more interlinked worldwide crises to hone powerful options in their own.

The Unquiet Frontier demonstrates why the us needs to advance the overseas order that has supplied larger merits to the area than any in heritage.

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American politicians cannot sell to their constituencies the necessity of spending money on the security of allies when those allies do not pull their own weight. This is a problem in particular in Europe, where defense spending has been anemic for decades (see chapter 4). S. cabinet members have expressed frustration with the level of defense spending in Europe. S. secretaries of defense, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, were particularly outspoken. S. Congress—and in the American body politic writ large—to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense.

Despite their differences, these views converge in the hope and expectation that the United States could avoid deep foreign involvement because the world is seen as either self-balancing or harmonious. 28 In other words, the temptation to see international relations as characterized by cooperation or automatic equilibrium coincided with a particular historical period that nurtured and strengthened this belief, firmly embedding it in American strategic thinking. The liberal perspective posits that there exists a harmony of interests among all states, and consequently cooperation is likely to arise.

In brief, the sheer difficulty of establishing a continent-wide hegemony has maintained a rough balance of power. Moreover, the geographic closeness of Eurasian powers has enhanced states’ alertness to changes of equilibrium and created clear incentives to respond to them. It follows from this narrative that American interventions in the Eurasian balance of power are unnecessary from a purely realpolitik rationale. S. S. foreign policy. Eurasia not only does not need but also does not benefit from American intervention.

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