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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