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The Grand Chessboard
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The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

Author

Zbigniew Brzezinski

Date

1998

Subject(s)

Globalism, Imperialism, Supranational states, Terrorism, World government

ISBN-10

0465027261

ISBN-13

978-0465027262

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives is a book written by Zbigniew Brzezinski. It was published in 1998.

Quotes Edit

On public ambivalence towards imperialism Edit

"The attitude of the American public toward the external projection of American power has been much more ambivalent. The public supported America's engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor."

On an external threat and the perception of 'terrorism' Edit

"Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat." p211

On upgrading the United Nations / world government Edit

"In brief, the U.S. policy goal must be unapologetically twofold: to perpetuate America's own dominant position for at least a generation and preferably longer still; and to create a geopolitical framework that can absorb the inevitable shocks and strains of social-political change while evolving into the geopolitical core of shared responsibility for peaceful global management. A prolonged phase of gradually expanding cooperation with key Eurasian partners, both stimulated and arbitrated by America, can also help to foster the preconditions for an eventual upgrading of the existing and increasingly antiquated UN (United Nations) structures. A new distribution of responsibilities and privileges can then take into account the changed realities of global power, so drastically different from those of 1945."

On public welfare Edit

""By the mid-nineties, however, these impulses had faded. Economic recovery by and large has been achieved; if anything, the problem Europe increasingly faces is that of an excessively burdensome welfare system that is sapping its economic vitality..." p60

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