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Reluctant Revolutionary

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the middle months of 2011. As the Arab Spring unexpectedly and dramatically unfolded, officials were forced to make hard decisions about how exactly they would pursue their strategic goals. Goals that included a new “pivot to Asia.” This section traces a narrative of US grand strategy throughout the year as well as how that grand strategy was articulated by the president and other policy elites. The final sections review contemporary debates about the administration’s relative success before suggesting that officials largely resisted domestic and international pressure for dramatic, decisive action. Instead, they settled into a cautious pattern which reflected Obama’s unique conceptualization of national interest, one with internationalist instincts but also one fundamentally resistant to overcommitment.

Keywords

Arab Spring Pivot to Asia National Security Strategy NATO and Libya 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of West FloridaPensacolaUSA

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