Columbia International Affairs Online: Books

CIAO DATE: 11/2014

Strategic Retrenchment and Renewal in the American Experience

Peter Feaver (ed)

August 2014

The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College


At a time of fiscal constraint and global uncertainty, should the United States retrench geopolitically or seek to reinvigorate its international leadership? This collection of essays puts this pressing question in historical and theoretical context. The authors examine past episodes in which U.S. policymakers confronted similar choices, and draw insights from the strategies that they fashioned in response. The essays also consider the major theoretical and policy debates pertaining to the issues of retrenchment and renewal today.