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American Grand Strategy under Obama: Competing Discourses

Georg Löfflmann


The book explores the breakdown of the elite consensus on America's role in the world. By emphasising military restraint and 'leading from behind' President Obama challenged the Washington foreign policy establishment and its strategic vision of liberal hegemony from within.Highlighting the identity performing function and discursive construction of grand strategy, the book demonstrates how the geopolitical identity of American exceptionalism is linked to the conduct of an activist and interventionist foreign policy, resulting in a dominant grand strategy of American primacy and global militar ... More

Keywords: Grand Strategy, National Security, Identity, Discourse, Obama Doctrine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474419765
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georg Löfflmann, author
Teaching Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick