Friends, Foes, and Future Directions: U.S. Partnerships in a Turbulent World

Friends, Foes, and Future Directions: U.S. Partnerships in a Turbulent World

Friends, Foes, and Future Directions: U.S. Partnerships in a Turbulent World

Friends, Foes, and Future Directions: U.S. Partnerships in a Turbulent World

Synopsis

Report evaluates strategies for dealing with U.S. partners and adversaries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in a time of diminishing defense budgets and American public preference for a domestic focus. The three proposed strategies are to be more assertive, to be more collaborative, or to retrench from international commitments. Each strategy is constrained and a balance will need to be struck among them that varies from region to region.

Excerpt

This report is the third in a series of volumes in which RAND explores the elements of a national strategy for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy in a fast-changing world. The initial volume in this Strategic Rethink series, Choices for America in a Turbulent World, examined the most critical decisions the next president is likely to face, and thus likely to be debated during the 2016 election campaign. It covered two global issues, climate change and the world economy; assessed potential directions for national defense; evaluated issues related to counterterrorism and cybersecurity; and explored U.S. strategic choices in three key regions, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia, and East Asia.

The subsequent studies in this series take up where the initial volume left off and examine in more detail a range of long-term policy issues and organizational, financial, and diplomatic challenges that will confront senior U.S. officials now, in 2017, and beyond, including national defense, institutional reform of the U.S. system for managing national security, reducing strategic surprise, and the global economy.

This volume focuses on U.S. friends and potential foes, and analyzes how alliances and partnerships may evolve to meet the diverse potential challenges to regional and global security. It considers the degree to which the United States wishes to be assertive, to collaborate, or to retrench, given the demands of the emerging strategic environment.

This volume should be of interest to defense and foreign policy decisionmakers in the United States and allied nations, analysts, the media, the staff and advisers to the 2016 presidential candidates, non-

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