The Prospects of US Global Leadership - A literature review on US grand strategy in the 21st century

Nicolai Hausgaard Kjær Hede, Christoph Schafer, Carmen Mirea Robrahn & Johanna Sophia Senn

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This literature review seeks to elucidate the academic perspectives on US grand strategy and leadership in the 21st century, particularly focused on the Donald Trump presidency. The review is divided into three chapters.
The first chapter presents the debate on the alleged decline of the liberal world order, in relation to the rise of China, and Donald Trump. Subsequently, it introduces various perspectives on US grand strategy, specifically focused on the realist case for retrenchment in the light of relative acute decline.
The second chapter, presents the methodological approaches of the authors presented in the preceding chapter, including their logical reasoning, as well as qualitative and quantitative methods. Here, it is found, that the most prominent approach to the subject at hand are qualitative case studies.
The third chapter is dedicated to several gaps found throughout the review. Most prominently, a severe lack of diversity, substantial normativity, and a general disregard of soft power capabilities and the changing dynamics of 21st century world politics, leading to a suggestion for a future study focused hereon.
The literature review concludes that the general debate on US leadership reflects an awareness of a break from traditions, which has yet to be encompassed fully into the research conducted on the field, which is predominantly occupied by realist notions.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2018
Antal sider31
VejledereSilas Harrebye