Don’t Abandon Europe in the Name of ‘Asia First'

In the debate over the future of U.S. grand strategy in the 1990s, some analysts proposed a strategy of "neo-isolationism," in which the U.S. would purposefully seek to preserve its freedom of action. The future of NATO would be left to Europe, as would Asian security to Asia. Others proposed a strategy of "selective engagement." They saw the realist tradition as important but insisted, as Robert Art argued, the reassurance of allies, wherever they might be, should be the first use of American military power.


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