Security, stability, and international order

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This article assesses the pros and cons of Amitai Etzioni's security first grand strategy. It argues that such a grand strategy is not much less ambitious than the Bush doctrine that it seeks to replace. The article is especially critical of Etzioni's proposals for forcible deproliferation. Rather than a security first grand strategy, the article defends a stability-first grand strategy that relies on the Westphalian state system, nuclear deterrence, the United Nations, and a U.S. grand strategy of measured restraint.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1322-1338
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Concert of democracies
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • Realism
  • Security
  • U.S. foreign policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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