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A Grand Strategy For The New Millenium The collapse of Soviet power prompted the most serious re-examination of Americas stake in world security in forty-five years For the first time since 1947 serious analysts called for a return to military disengagement from Europe and Asia Bandow 1994 Carpenter 1992 Layne 1993 The decade since the end of the Cold War has shown this position to be horribly nave The Balkan crisis the continuing division of the Korean peninsula Iraq and instability in Haiti require a response Unfortunately the responses havent been systematic The Clinton administrations Engagement and Enlargement security strategy is more appropriately called the Attack and Abrogate security strategy poorly thought-out assaults followed by a refusal to engage in any worthwhile peacekeeping strategies There is little consensus among engagers on what facts dynamics or prospects of the European situation are most relevant to policy formation But they agree that the Soviet demise is not the end of the story and that the fate of Europe and America are linked if not indivisible The differences of opinion among engagers touch on many points of analysis and policy regarding the post-Cold War period including the present global distribution of power -- unipolar multipolar or a mix of unipolar military and multipolar economic the extent of global interdependence and the degree to which security is divisible the prospects for mitigating interstate anarchy and power politics how selectively America should engage with the world the importance of Europe relative to other regions and the stance America should take vis a vis its allies -- primacist traditional leadership or multilateralist The disappearance of a global peer challenger to America affects the intensity of US interests everywhere This has motivated a 20 percent reduction in US military expenditures from the recent Cold War average Conetta and Knight 1997 and has given rise to an acute American preoccupation with the
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