In uncertain times, grand strategies are important because they help others interpret a country's behavior.
Henry Kissinger's new book argues that the United States should yield gracefully to China's rise; Aaron Friedberg's gives the opposite advice.
With China's clout growing, the international community needs to better understand China's strategic thinking.
Newsweek's Neil Ferguson lambasts President Obama for not properly seizing the opportunity of what he calls a "wave of democracy" in the Middle East.
Michael Asulin criticizes Paul Kennedy's assessment of U.S. decline for his failure to recognize the importance of the morality that plays into U.S. foreign policy, and the potential consequences of a weaker U.S. position in the world. (CBS)
It is currently fashionable to predict a decline in the United States' power. But the United States is not in absolute decline.
A number of prominent figures -- political scientists, public intellectuals, politicians, historians, journalists, policymakers -- recommend books that shed light on some aspect of the world ahead.
President Obama's first National Security Strategy departs from Bush administration doctrine by redefining the war against terror groups and embracing multilateralism, and may expect too much from global partners, say CFR experts in an analytical roundup.
The Obama Administration released its first National Security Strategy on May 27, 2010. The strategy focused on issues in security, prosperity, values, and international order.
Leslie H. Gelb comments on President Obama's new national security strategy.
Listen to Robert Kaplan discuss China's expanding influence on land and at sea.
George Friedman compares the first year of President Obama's foreign policy to that of former President Reagan. He contends that Obama's strategy has been "enigmatic" early on and will need to define his policy in the months ahead.
Experts recall how the the United States envisioned its role in a post-Soviet world two decades ago when the Berlin Wall fell and whether expectations of 1989 square with the challenges of 2009.
Listen to experts recall how the the United States envisioned its role in a post-Soviet world two decades ago when the Berlin Wall fell and whether expectations of 1989 square with the challenges of 2009.
Watch experts recall how the the United States envisioned its role in a post-Soviet world two decades ago when the Berlin Wall fell and whether expectations of 1989 square with the challenges of 2009.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
An authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help. More