The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power

The Unquiet Frontier Rising Rivals Vulnerable Allies and the Crisis of American Power From the Baltic to the South China Sea newly assertive authoritarian states sense an opportunity to resurrect old empires or build new ones at America s expense Hoping that U S decline is real natio

  • Title: The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power
  • Author: Jakub Grygiel A. Wess Mitchell
  • ISBN: 9780691163758
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the Baltic to the South China Sea, newly assertive authoritarian states sense an opportunity to resurrect old empires or build new ones at America s expense Hoping that U.S decline is real, nations such as Russia, Iran, and China are testing Washington s resolve by targeting vulnerable allies at the frontiers of American power The Unquiet Frontier explains why theFrom the Baltic to the South China Sea, newly assertive authoritarian states sense an opportunity to resurrect old empires or build new ones at America s expense Hoping that U.S decline is real, nations such as Russia, Iran, and China are testing Washington s resolve by targeting vulnerable allies at the frontiers of American power The Unquiet Frontier explains why the United States needs a new grand strategy that uses strong frontier alliance networks to raise the costs of military aggression in the new century.Jakub Grygiel and Wess Mitchell describe the aggressive methods rival nations are using to test U.S power in strategically critical regions throughout the world They show how rising and revisionist powers are putting pressure on our frontier allies countries like Poland, Israel, and Taiwan to gauge our leaders commitment to upholding the U.S led global order To cope with these dangerous dynamics, nervous U.S allies are diversifying their national security menu cards by beefing up their militaries or even aligning with their aggressors Grygiel and Mitchell reveal how numerous would be great powers use an arsenal of asymmetric techniques to probe and sift American strength across several regions simultaneously, and how rivals and allies alike are learning from America s management of increasingly interlinked global crises to hone effective strategies of their own.The Unquiet Frontier demonstrates why the United States must strengthen the international order that has provided greater benefits to the world than any in history.

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    1. This book which notes the U.S.' recent neglect of its networks of alliances. It takes an approach through geopolitics, and it draws from the 20th century theorists, Spykman and Mackinder, but also makes makes extended references to Thucydides.In short, the United States has to deal with several 'revisionist' powers -China, Russia, and Iran. They don't really have much in common, except for the fact that they do not share many of the same interests as the United States and want to challenge its c [...]

    2. This book suffers from a flawed premise - that America (primarily the Obama Administration) has “deprioritized” its alliances in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia, thereby allowing Russia, Iran and China to probe for weakness there and ultimately destabilize those regions.The authors describe the goal of seeking global nuclear disarmament as “silly,” and claim that (as of publication in 2016) the “American alliance network is in a state of advanced crisis,” and that “allies [...]

    3. A nice primer on current international relations and the challenges that the United States is facing, and is likely to face, in the coming decades. The book is a cautionary tale against disengagement and isolationism and the importance of maintaining alliances. The discussion of probing by revisionist powers (i.e Russia, China, and Iran) was very timely in light of activity in the Ukraine and Baltics by Russia, the South China Sea by China, and Syria and Yemen by Iran. I would strongly suggest t [...]

    4. An interesting look at the future of American power in a world where revisionist powers have been emboldened to chip away at the frontiers.

    5. 4.5 stars. I've been waiting to read this for several months. Recent travel gave me the opportunity I was looking for. Eminently timely and relevant as the U.S. faces presidential and congressional elections. Grygiel's and Mitchell's book analyzes the extrinsic value of the U.S.'s global array of alliances in deterring revisionist powers bent on undoing the international security and economic orders that have been the foundation of seven decades of relative progress and stability. The authors of [...]

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