Friends, Foes, and Future Directions: U.S. Partnerships in a Turbulent World

Friends, Foes, and Future Directions: U.S. Partnerships in a Turbulent World. RAND Corporation. Hans Binnendijk. January 2016.

The report evaluates three broad strategies for dealing with U.S. partners and adversaries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in a time of diminishing defense budgets and an American public preference for a domestic focus. The three strategies are to be more assertive, to be more collaborative, or to retrench from international commitments. All three of these alternative approaches are constrained and a balance will need to be struck among them, that balance may differ from region to region. In general, however, the United States may need to follow a more collaborative approach in which it seeks greater collaboration and burden sharing from strong partners who have until now not been pulling their weight. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 184 pages, 1.1 MB].

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