Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice

Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice

Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice

Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice

Synopsis

The U.S. today faces the most complex and challenging security environment in recent memory- even as it deals with growing constraints on its ability to respond to threats. Its most consequential challenge is the rise of China, which increasingly has the capability to deny the U.S. access to areas of vital national interest and to undermine alliances that have underpinned regional stability for over half a century. Thus, the time is right for the U.S. to adopt a long-term strategy for dealing with China; one that includes but is not limited to military means, and that fully includes U.S. allies in the region.

This book uses the theory and practice of peacetime great-power strategic competition to derive recommendations for just such a strategy. After examining the theory of peacetime strategic competition, it assesses the U.S.-China military balance in depth, considers the role of America's allies in the region, and explores strategies that the U.S could adopt to improve its strategic position relative to China over the long term.

Excerpt

Thomas G. Mahnken

The United States today faces the most complex and challenging security environment in recent memory even as it must deal with growing constraints on its ability to respond to threats. Three challenges in particular are likely to influence U.S. national security in coming years. the first is the ongoing war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates: a protracted conflict that spans the globe with irregular adversaries using unconventional means. the second is the threat that nuclear-armed hostile regimes, such as North Korea and prospectively Iran, pose to U.S. allies and the stability of key regions. the third, and most consequential, challenge is the rise of China. Chinese military modernization promises to reshape the balance of power in Asia in ways inimical the United States and its interests. China may be able not only to deny the United States access to areas of vital national interest but also to undermine the alliances that have served as the foundation of regional stability for over half a century.

Although each of these challenges is very different, meeting each successfully will require the United States to formulate and implement a comprehensive long-term strategy. With the possible exception of the threat posed by the regime in P’yongyang, these challenges will likely remain defining features of the security environment for decades. Further, each demands a comprehensive response. Military power has a role to play, to be sure, but so too do other instruments of statecraft. the United States possesses a broad array of political, diplomatic, and economic tools that it has yet to fully bring to bear in dealing with these challenges. Nor should the United States meet these challenges alone. America’s allies can and should play an important role as well.

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