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American Grand Strategy under ObamaCompeting Discourses$
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Georg Löfflmann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419765

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419765.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
American Grand Strategy under Obama

Georg Löfflmann

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter highlights the conflict of competing grand strategy discourses under the Obama presidency, which are identified as hegemony, engagement and restraint. It provides an overview of the political significance of grand strategy and its treatment in the academic literature. The chapter describes the political and expert debate of American grand strategy under the Obama presidency and briefly introduces the theoretical-methodological framework that has guided the research into competing discourses of American grand strategy under Obama. The chapter offers an alternative definition of grand strategy from the conventional literature, identifying it as discursive link between geopolitical identity and national security.

Keywords:   American Grand Strategy, Barack Obama, Hegemony, Engagement, Restraint, Discourse, Identity, National Security, Geopolitics

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