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Jan 14

Offshore Balancing: Realism or Reality Check for Foreign Policy

Some have suggested that the United States ought to take a diminished role in international affairs. Specifically, they recommend that the U.S. should use offshore balancing and support a balance of power between competing countries in a region rather than directly applying American presence and influence. In theory, this would allow the U.S. to avoid the costs of large military deployments around the world. However, is delegation or disengagement a viable long-term strategy? Would offshore balancing be appropriate in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa?

More About the Speakers

Michael Eisenstadt
Director of the Military & Security Studies Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Thomas Mahnken, Ph.D.
Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Ted Bromund, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations, The Heritage Foundation

Moderated by
Kim Holmes, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Read More