U.S. National Security Strategy 2015: from comprehensive to selective engagement and containment

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U.S. National Security Strategy 2015: from comprehensive to selective engagement and containment
// Pathways to Peace and Security. 2015. No 1(48). P. 48-66

Abstract. The article provides a detailed overview of a new US National Security Strategy presented in February 2015. It compares NSS-2015 with its previous edition (2010) and assesses the balance of continuity and novelty in Obama administration’s approach to international affairs against the background of a deterioration of global strategic situation. The conclusion is drawn that elements of continuity prevail at the macro-level of strategic vision in thinking about the essence of American leadership in the XXI century, linkages between domestic and foreign policies, and use of force. At the meso-level of defining exact security threats and countermeasures Obama administration rules out a strategy of "comprehensive engagement" and opts for an explicit containment of Russia and implicit containment of China.

Keywords: United States, strategy, national security, leadership, hard power, soft power, use of force, terrorism, strategic restraint, comprehensive engagement, containment, Russia, China 


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For citation:
Bartenev V. U.S. National Security Strategy 2015: from comprehensive to selective engagement and containment. Pathways to Peace and Security, 2015, No 1(48), pp. 48-66



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