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University of Texas at Austin
Gov 312l - Issues and Policies in American Government

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GOV 312L 1st Edition Lecture 2 Outline of Current Lecture I Current Events II Defining Grand Strategy III Components of Grand Strategy IV Discussion of Obama West Point Speech V Isolationism VI Selective Engagement Offshore Balancing Current Lecture 1 What is Grand Strategy 1 Some mapping with partisanship bias but not perfect 2 Rand Paul senator of kentucky tends to be looked at as isolationist 3 McCain tends to support military force in Libya Western Iraq etc 1 Wants to train special forces in Iraq 2 Believes ISIS is a very real threat to America 4 McCain is closer to Obama administration s Grand Strategy than Paul is 5 Grand Strategy tends to be related to but not identical to partisanship 6 4 dimensions to Grand Strategy 1 Isolationism discussed in Lecture 3 2 Selective Engagement Lecture 3 3 Liberal Internationalism Lecture 4 4 Primacy Lecture 4 7 Variances in Grand Strategies 1 Scope regional vs global 2 Unilateralism vs Multilateralism 1 M US stresses working with others and other international agencies to achieve their goals 2 U US works alone to achieve their goals 3 Power Hard vs Sof These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute 1 Hard aggressive dominant or coercive actions ex military action some economic sanctions The stick in the carrot vs stick metaphor 2 Sof persuasive friendly or more neutral actions ex some economic sanctions diplomacy political pressures etc Carrot 4 Central Problems to be addressed 1 keep world at a safe distance Isolationism 2 more recent one has been to prevent a rise of rival power ie China Russia 3 General security 8 3 characteristics of different grand strategies 1 defining national interests protecting US borders our people within our boundaries of US 2 Defining global threats to US 1 ex central threat during the cold war was the Soviet Union and communism 2 afer cold war is terrorist organization 3 can only combat and

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