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Survival August-September 2021: Debating US Foreign Policy

ISBN 9781032018317
Published August 13, 2021 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

Survival, the IISS’s bimonthly journal, challenges conventional wisdom and brings fresh, often controversial, perspectives on strategic issues of the moment.

In this issue:

  • Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry argue that liberal internationalism is more appropriate to contemporary global realities than the Quincy-coalition restraint

  • James Crabtree explains why the West’s Build Back Better World partnership will be hard-pressed to compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative

  • Joelien Pretorius and Tom Sauer contend that if states are serious about nuclear disarmament, they should ditch the NPT and join the Ban Treaty instead

  • Sameer Lalwani and Tyler Sagerstrom analyse what the India–Russia defence partnership means for US policy

And eight more thought-provoking pieces, as well as our regular Book Reviews and Noteworthy column.

Editor: Dr Dana Allin

Managing Editor: Jonathan Stevenson

Associate Editor: Carolyn West

Assistant Editor: Jessica Watson

Table of Contents

Survival 63.4 (August–September 2021), pp. 1–236

Misplaced Restraint: The Quincy Coalition Versus Liberal Internationalism, by Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry

The War on Terror Has Not Yet Failed: A Net Assessment After 20 Years, by Hal Brands and Michael O’Hanlon

Trump’s Russia Legacy and Biden’s Response, by Angela Stent

Competing with the BRI: The West’s Uphill Task, by James Crabtree

Enabling US Security Cooperation, by Bilal Y. Saab


Ditch the NPT, by Joelien Pretorius and Tom Sauer

Response: Keep the NPT, by Matthew Harries

Manoeuvre Versus Attrition in US Military Operations, by Franz-Stefan Gady

What the India–Russia Defence Partnership Means for US Policy, by Sameer Lalwani and Tyler Sagerstrom

The Iran Nuclear Deal and Sanctions Relief: Implications for US Policy, by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj and Mahsa Rouhi

The US–Mexico Border: Asylum, Fear and Trump, by Russell Crandall

Book Reviews

Politics and International Relations, by Steven Simon

Asia-Pacific, by Lanxin Xiang

Russia and Eurasia, by Angela Stent

Australia’s ‘Drums of War’, by Greg Austin

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The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a registered charity with offices in Washington, London, Manama and Singapore, is the world’s leading authority on political–military conflict. It is the primary independent source of accurate, objective information on international strategic issues. Publications include The Military Balance, an annual reference work on each nation’s defence capabilities; Strategic Survey, an annual review of world affairs; Survival, a bi-monthly journal of international affairs; Strategic Comments, an online analysis of topical issues in international affairs; and the Adelphi series of books on issues of international security.


‘In a world of complex security challenges the need for serious, thoughtful analysis is greater than ever. Survival’s combination of elegant writing and rigorous scholarship from the world’s top experts makes it essential reading for both practitioners and academics.’-- Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies King's College London