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SWAC: Michael O’Hanlon: Restructuring Security Alliances for Future Challenges
Dr. O’Hanlon proposes a grand strategy of resolute restraint for the U.S. It is resolute in its commitment to defend the core territories, populations, polities, and economies of U.S. allies, as well as the free and open skies and oceans on which the global economy depends. It emphasizes restraint in further alliance expansion or formation, initiation of combat operations, and diplomatic approaches for addressing matters like the North Korean nuclear program, where pragmatism is needed. The strategy focuses more on shoring up the core of the rules-based global order than on pursuing an ambitious liberal order with progressive goals across many issues, countries, and regions. Support of such ambitions does not mean that they should heavily influence U.S. grand strategy—especially in regard to our defense and security policy.

Dr. O'Hanlon is a senior fellow and director of research in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and U.S. national security policy. He co-directs the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology; the Defense Industrial Base working group; and the Africa Security Initiative. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown universities, a lecturer at George Washington University, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He served on the external advisory board at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Dr. O’Hanlon has written many books, the latest of which is The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War over Limited Stakes (Brookings Institution Press, 2019), and op-eds in newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, and Pakistan’s Dawn paper. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Washington Quarterly, Joint Forces Quarterly, and International Security, among other journals. Dr. O’Hanlon has also spoken on television and radio frequently sin

Feb 23, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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