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Dangerous Doctrine: How Obama’s Grand Strategy Weakened America

Thu, Jun 2, 2016, 10:00am - 11:30am

You are cordially invited to a book lecture for

Dangerous Doctrine:
How Obama’s Grand Strategy Weakened America

with author
Robert G. Kaufman
Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Thursday, June 2
10:00 AM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
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Dangerous DoctrineIn Dangerous Doctrine, political scientist Robert G. Kaufman argues that the forty-fourth president has indeed articulated a clear, consistent national security policy. Drawing on international relations theory and American diplomatic history, Kaufman presents a robust critique of the Obama Doctrine. He situates Obama’s exercise of power within American strategic traditions such as neorealism, classical realism, declinism, liberal internationalism, and moral democratic realism. Kaufman contends that President Obama has imprudently abandoned the venerable tradition of muscular internationalism employed by most of his predecessors since the end of World War II. Focusing on the pivotal regions of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, Kaufman demonstrates how current executive branch leadership threatens the United States’ role as superpower, weakening its ability to spread democracy and defeat threats to geopolitical order.

Robert G. Kaufman is professor of public policy at Pepperdine University. He is the author of Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics (Washington) and In Defense of the Bush Doctrine (UPK).