Dangerous DoctrineHow Obama's Grand Strategy Weakened America

Dangerous DoctrineHow Obama's Grand Strategy Weakened America

Robert G. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780813167206

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Abstract

The main argument is that President Obama’s foreign and national security policy reflects a coherent set of assumptions and premises constituting a Doctrine. The book argues further that the Obama Doctrine dangerously repudiates the legacy of robust internationalism that has successfully guided American foreign policy since World War II. It argues the Obama Doctrine has made matters significantly worse in the world’s three most important geopolitical regions: Europe; the Middle East, and East Asia. It advocates some version of moral democratic realism, most characteristic of the presidencies of Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush, as the most prudent alternative that is consistent with American ideals and self-interest.