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Comparative Grand Strategy: A Framework and Cases

Thierry Balzacq, Peter Dombrowski, and Simon Reich


The study of grand strategy has historically been confined to a few great powers—preponderantly, the United States, China, and Russia. In contrast, this volume introduces readers to the novel field of “comparative grand strategy.” Its co-editors offer a framework that expands the analysis beyond a traditional rationalist approach to incorporate significant cultural factors that influence strategists as they prioritize threats and opportunities in the global system. This framework then combines these factors with domestic political influences often understated or overlooked in the international ... More

Keywords: grand strategy, comparative approach, major powers, pivotal powers, rationalism, constructivism, a framework for analysis, prescription, explanation, research program

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198840848
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198840848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thierry Balzacq, editor
Tocqueville Chair in Security Policies, University of Namur

Peter Dombrowski, editor
Professor of Strategy, US Naval War College

Simon Reich, editor
Professor of Political Science, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University Newark

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1 Introduction

Thierry Balzacq, Peter Dombrowski, and Simon Reich

Part I Major Powers

2 The United States of America

Peter Dombrowski and Simon Reich

3 Russia

Céline Marangé

4 China

Andrew S. Erickson

5 France

Thierry Balzacq

6 United Kingdom

Robert Johnson

Part II Pivotal Powers

7 Brazil

Carlos R. S. Milani and Tiago Nery

8 India

C. Christine Fair

9 Iran

Thierry Balzacq and Wendy Ramadan-Alban

10 Israel

Eitan Shamir

11 Saudi Arabia

Ghaidaa Hetou

12 The European Union

Daniel Fiott and Luis Simón

13 Conclusion

Norrin M. Ripsman

End Matter