The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives

Synopsis

The United States is the world's only superpower: no other nation possesses comparable military and economic power or has interests that bestride the globe. Yet the critical question facing America remains unanswered: What ought to be America's global strategy to preserve and maintain its exceptional position in the world? It is this question that Zbigniew Brzezinski tackles head-on in this incisive and pathbreaking new book.

Central to Brzezinski's analysis is the struggle for control of the Eurasian landmass, which is home to the greatest part of the globe's population, natural resources, and economic activity and is the "grand chessboard" on which America's supremacy will be ratified and challenged in the years to come.

The heart of The Grand Chessboard is Brzezinski's analysis of the four critical regions of Eurasia and of the stakes for America in each arena -- Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and East Asia -- why France and Germany will play pivotal roles whereas Britain and Japan will not; why NATO expansion offers Russia the chance to undo the mistakes of its past (and why Russia cannot afford to toss this opportunity aside); why the fates of Ukraine and Azerbaijan are so important to America; and why China is more likely to be America's geostrategic partner than a menace.

Brzezinski's surprising and original conclusions often turn conventional wisdom on its head as he lays the groundwork for a new and compelling vision of America's geostrategic int

Excerpt


Superpower Politics

EVER SINCE THE CONTINENTS started interacting politically, some five hundred years ago, Eurasia has been the center of world power. In different ways, at different times, the peoples inhabiting Eurasia -- though mostly those from its Western European periphery -- penetrated and dominated the world's other regions as individual Eurasian states attained the special status and enjoyed the privileges of being the world's premier powers.

The last decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian power has emerged not only as the key arbiter of Eurasian power relations but also as the world's paramount power. The defeat and collapse of the Soviet Union was the final step in the rapid ascendance of a Western Hemisphere power, the United States, as the sole and, indeed, the first truly global power.

Eurasia, however, retains its geopolitical importance. Not only is its western periphery -- Europe -- still the location of much of the world's political and economic power, but its eastern region -- Asia -- has lately become a vital center of economic growth and rising political influence. Hence, the issue of how a globally engaged . . .

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