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Command of the Commons

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Command of the Commons: The Military Foundation of U.S. Hegemony Barry R. Posen -Two potential courses of foreign policy -primacy: essentially hegemony; to consolidate, exploit, and expand the U.S. relative advantage after the Cold War by military means -selective engagement: more sustainable than primacy; more multilateral, liberal, and concerned with international legitimacy -“The interrelationship between U.S. command of the commons and the persistence of the contested zones suggests that the United States can probably pursue a policy of selective engagement but not one of primacy.” Command of the Commons -Commons: include sea, space, and air; areas that belong to no state and that provide access to much of the globe (Airspace is owned by the country below, but this cannot be easily regulated.) The Sources of Command -a. U.S. economic superiority -b. military exploitation of information technology (development of new weapons, etc.) -c. highly skilled military personnel Command of the Sea -discusses specific U.S. naval arms (such as submarines and aircraft carriers) and relative
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