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Power in Uncertain TimesStrategy in the Fog of Peace$
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Emily Goldman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804757263

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804757263.001.0001

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Consequences of Strategic Choices

Consequences of Strategic Choices

(p.162) 6 Consequences of Strategic Choices
Power in Uncertain Times
Stanford University Press

This chapter evaluates the consequences of strategic choices made over time, assessing their effect on states' power and position, and weighing the advantages and disadvantages of different strategies for the United States today. Reforming and reconstituting is a strategy deployed by seriously weakened powers such as post-Crimea Russia. The Russian case presented here emphasized some of the risks of a reform and reconstitute strategy. Great Britain had insufficient resources to cover the multiplicity of risks inherent in a very diverse threat environment. Its problem was not simply one of too few resources; it was that combined with too many diverse strategic requirements. America's preoccupation with the “war on terror” undeniably presents a strategic possibility for rising powers like China. Military power had shaped the post-Cold War period. It is noted that underestimating uncertainty can be extremely dangerous if it leads in overreliance on past trends and overlooking alternative futures.

Keywords:   strategic choices, United States, reforming, reconstituting, Russia, Great Britain, war on terror, military power

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