NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S ESSAY REVIEWS GRAND STRATEGY

March 23, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In a just-published article, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, discusses grand strategy and reviews four recent books on United States foreign policy. Dr. Pham’s essay, “Strategic Horizons,” is appears in the spring 2006 issue of the international affairs journal The National Interest.

Dr. Pham considers American Global Strategy and the “War on Terrorism” by Dr. Hall Gardner, head of the Department of International Politics at the American University of Paris; The American Era: Power and Strategy for the 21 st Century by Dr. Robert J. Lieber, professor of government at Georgetown University; New Glory: Expanding America’s Global Supremacy by retired military intelligence officer Ralph Peters; and Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy by Stephen M. Walt, professor of international affairs at Harvard University. The essay argues that “despite the missteps made in recent years, the United States still enjoys considerable power and global influence—and it will maintain its unprecedented primacy so long as its huge margin of superiority is matched by an equal reservoir of prudence in selecting those battles where its vital interests and core values are truly at stake.”

Founded in 1985, The National Interest is now considered to be one of the premier journals in the field of international affairs. The journal does not restrict itself to “foreign policy” in the narrow, technical sense, but also follows ideas, and the way in which cultural and social differences, technological innovations, history, and religion impact the behavior of states. Edited by Dr. Nikolas K. Gvosdev and published in cooperation with the Nixon Center in Washington, D.C., the publication boasts former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger as its honorary chairman and former Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger as its chairman.

 

For Dr. Pham’s article, click here