Balancing Priorities in America's European Strategy

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This article examines how regional and global priorities challenge America’s evolving European strategy. The need to “re- assure” Eastern and Central European allies in the face of Russian assertiveness calls for greater US strategic engagement in Europe. Conversely, defense-budgetary pressures, the Asia “rebalance,” and the willingness to avoid excessive escalation with Russia constitute ongoing limitations to a significant US military engagement in and around Europe. That is the essence of America’s European di- lemma—how to invest sufficient resources in Europe as toensure credible deterrence while keeping enough military and diplomatic bandwidth to pursue other global geopolitical objectives
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-24
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

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