The United States needs a coherent international strategy for today's turbulent world. But this will be hard to pursue without more domestic political consensus on America's global role.
What are America's international ambitions? What level of international engagement are Americans prepared to support? How might the next president exercise leadership in a tumultuous world, and to what end? Is there a coherent national strategy for diplomacy and defense that aligns interests with the means to achieve them?
The RAND Strategic Rethink project explored these important questions. Our experts produced a guide for policymakers, citizens, educators, and the media on the most critical global choices and challenges facing the country.
The final volume of the series, led by Andrew Hoehn, explores the elements of a national strategy for conducting U.S. foreign policy in a turbulent world. It reviews America's strengths and weaknesses, and suggests strategies for adapting to this new era of uncertainty. It asserts that political dysfunction is now the greatest obstacle to effective U.S. global leadership.