"The Art of War in an Age of Peace" by Michael O'Hanlon

The Art of War in an Age of Peace U.S. Grand Strategy and Resolute Restraint Michael O'Hanlon

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
13 Jul 2021
ISBN:
9780300256772
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
288 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
3 b-w illus.

Russia and China are both believed to have a “grand strategy”—a detailed set of goals backed by expansive ambitions. In the United States, policy makers have tried to articulate similar plans but have failed to reach a widespread consensus since the Cold War ended. While the United States has been the world’s prominent superpower for over a generation, American thinking has oscillated between the extremes of isolationist agendas versus interventionist and overly assertive ones.
 
Drawing on historical precedents and weighing issues such as Russia’s resurgence, China’s great rise, North Korea’s nuclear machinations, and Middle East turmoil, Michael O’Hanlon presents a well-researched, ethically sound, and politically viable vision for American national security policy. He also proposes complementing the Pentagon’s set of “4+1” pre-existing threats with a new “4+1”: biological, nuclear, digital, climatic, and internal dangers.

Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow and the director of research in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution; an adjunct professor at Columbia, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities; and former member of the CIA External Advisory Board. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.