The authors of this Perspective contend that the United States should view emerging strategic rivalries with Russia, and especially China, in systemic terms. The United States, they argue, is principally competing to establish the structure and context of the global system, including institutions, rules, and norms in which political, economic, and social activity occur. Policy initiatives should place individual actions in the context of systemic strategy, broadening from discrete, issue-specific approaches. The authors outline a set of principles for building institutions and practices to support this approach.
Mazarr, Michael J. and Tim McDonald, Competing for the System: The Essence of Emerging Strategic Rivalries. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2022. https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PEA1404-2.html.
Mazarr, Michael J. and Tim McDonald, Competing for the System: The Essence of Emerging Strategic Rivalries, RAND Corporation, PE-A1404-2, November 2022. As of November 28, 2023: https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PEA1404-2.html