CONTENTS:- 1. The international setting; 2. America's national interests; 3. Dominion, collective security, and containment; 4. Selective engagement; 5. Isolationism and Offshore balancing; 6. Selective engagement and the free hand strategies; 7. Implementing selective engagement.
Author makes a strong case for selective engagement as the most desirable strategy for contemporary America. It is the one that seeks to forestall dangers, not simply react to them; that is politically viable, at home and aboard; and that protects all U.S. interest, both essential and desirable. Art includes that "selective engagement is not a strategy for all times, but it is the best grand strategy for these times".