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DOI10.1080/09636412.2021.1885727
Desert Shield of the Republic? A Realist Case for Abandoning the Middle East
Blagden, David; Porter, Patrick
Corresponding AuthorBlagden, D (corresponding author), Univ Exeter, Int Secur, Exeter, Devon, England.
JournalSECURITY STUDIES
ISSN0963-6412
EISSN1556-1852
Year Published2021
Volume30Issue:1Pages:5-48
Abstract in EnglishPolitical realists disagree on what America should do and be in the Middle East. All are skeptical toward extravagant geopolitical projects to transform the region. Yet they differ over whether hegemony in the Gulf and its wider environs are worth the substantial investment of blood and treasure. Hegemonic primacy realism finds the commitment effective and affordable, and that Washington should stay to stabilize the region to ensure a favorable concentration of power. There is an alternative shield of the republic realism, however, which views the pursuit of armed supremacy in the Middle East as harming political order at home, reducing security more than generating it, and costing too much for too little gain. It involves interests that are either manageable from a remove or largely generated by being there in the first place. In this article, we lay out the latter position, arguing that the unruly Gulf is increasingly peripheral to US national interests. The region is losing its salience grand strategically, entanglement and continuous war damage republican liberties, and the calculus of whether continued hegemony is worth it has shifted decisively toward the downside. The time for abandonment has come.
SubtypeArticle
Language英语
Indexed BySSCI
WOS IDWOS:000619727300001
WOS KeywordUNITED-STATES ; GRAND STRATEGY ; FOREIGN-POLICY ; PERSIAN-GULF ; AMERICA ; IRAQ ; POWER ; WAR ; THREAT ; OIL
WOS SubjectInternational Relations
WOS Research AreaInternational Relations
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://119.78.100.177/qdio/handle/2XILL650/351749
Affiliation[Blagden, David] Univ Exeter, Int Secur, Exeter, Devon, England; [Porter, Patrick] Univ Birmingham, Int Secur & Strategy, Birmingham, W Midlands, England
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Blagden, David,Porter, Patrick. Desert Shield of the Republic? A Realist Case for Abandoning the Middle East[J],2021,30(1):5-48.
APA Blagden, David,&Porter, Patrick.(2021).Desert Shield of the Republic? A Realist Case for Abandoning the Middle East.SECURITY STUDIES,30(1),5-48.
MLA Blagden, David,et al."Desert Shield of the Republic? A Realist Case for Abandoning the Middle East".SECURITY STUDIES 30.1(2021):5-48.
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