The Grand Chessboard

American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives

The Grand Chessboard

Bestselling author and eminent foreign policy scholar Zbigniew Brzezinski's classic book on American's strategic mission in the modern world In The Grand Chessboard, renowned geostrategist Zbigniew Brzezinski delivers a brutally honest and provocative vision for American preeminence in the twenty-first century. The task facing the United States, he argues, is to become the sole political arbiter in Eurasian lands and to prevent the emergence of any rival power threatening our material and diplomatic interests. The Eurasian landmass, home to the greatest part of the globe's population, natural resources, and economic activity, is the "grand chessboard" on which America's supremacy will be ratified and challenged in the years to come. In this landmark work of public policy and political science, Brzezinski outlines a groundbreaking and powerful blueprint for America's vital interests in the modern world. In this revised edition, Brzezinski addresses recent global developments including the war in Ukraine, the re-emergence of Russia, and the rise of China.

The Grand Chessboard

American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

The Grand Chessboard

As the twentieth century draws to a close, the United States has emerged as the world's only superpower: no other nation possesses comparable military and economic power or has interests that bestride the globe. Yet the critical question facing America remains unanswered: What should be the nation's global strategy for maintaining its exceptional position in the world? Zbigniew Brzezinski tackles this question head-on in this incisive and pathbreaking book.The Grand Chessboard presents Brzezinski's bold and provocative geostrategic vision for American preeminence in the twenty-first century. Central to his analysis is the exercise of power on the Eurasian landmass, which is home to the greatest part of the globe's population, natural resources, and economic activity. Stretching from Portugal to the Bering Strait, from Lapland to Malaysia, Eurasia is the ”grand chessboard” on which America's supremacy will be ratified and challenged in the years to come. The task facing the United States, he argues, is to manage the conflicts and relationships in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East so that no rival superpower arises to threaten our interests or our well-being.The heart of The Grand Chessboard is Brzezinski's analysis of the four critical regions of Eurasia and of the stakes for America in each arena—Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and East Asia. The crucial fault lines may seem familiar, but the implosion of the Soviet Union has created new rivalries and new relationships, and Brzezinski maps out the strategic ramifications of the new geopolitical realities. He explains, for example: Why France and Germany will play pivotal geostrategic roles, whereas Britain and Japan will not. Why NATO expansion offers Russia the chance to undo the mistakes of the past, and why Russia cannot afford to toss this opportunity aside. Why the fate of Ukraine and Azerbaijan are so important to America. Why viewing China as a menace is likely to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Why America is not only the first truly global superpower but also the last—and what the implications are for America's legacy. Brzezinski's surprising and original conclusions often turn conventional wisdom on its head as he lays the groundwork for a new and compelling vision of America's vital interests. Once, again, Zbigniew Brzezinski provides our nation with a philosophical and practical guide for maintaining and managing our hard-won global power.

Brzezinski

A Life on the Grand Chessboard of Power

Brzezinski

The first biography of the influential national security adviser and strategic thinker whose ideas have helped shape American foreign policy for five decades Drawing on exclusive access to Zbigniew Brzezinski's private archives and diaries as well as original interviews with his colleagues and rivals, Patrick Vaughan shows how this Polish-born professor willed himself and his ideas to the center of U.S. foreign policy, setting America on the course that would eventually triumph in the Cold War. At the center of the narrative are two pivotal relationships: Brzezinski's lifelong rivalry with Henry Kissinger, another émigré strategist who was the first to ascend the heights of power; and his unlikely political partnership with Jimmy Carter, who brought Brzezinski to the White House. Vaughan also reveals the surprising behind-the-scenes influence that Brzezinski has wielded after leaving office, as well as his ongoing success in shaping public opinion. Zbigniew Brzezinski's legacy is palpable in Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Middle East, and he remains a leading player on the world stage. Vaughan's definitive biography reveals the extraordinary story of how one remarkable thinker changed the world.

Unveiling Daniel on the Grand Chessboard

A Sovereign Fight of Faith

Unveiling Daniel on the Grand Chessboard

Unveiling Daniel on the Metaphoric Chessboard gives the most thorough and convincing interpreted understanding of the historical and prophetical features regarding the book of Daniel of the Old Testament. This is an in-depth study, a book specially designed for adult Bible studies and classroom setting. The purpose of this study is to enable you to build your own chessboard as each scene is unveiled before you, giving you a clear vision. You will gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding through your study. You will learn as Daniel learned how to stay true to God and be faithful. As the Grand Chessboard is unveiled we come to realize there would be a demanding verdict in every situation on the chessboard. Daniel and his companions displayed heroism, courage, integrity, and the ability to remain loyal to the Lord God, whom they served. Their character was unprecedented insomuch that they could never be miscued or mistaken as one of the other Chaldean wise men such as the soothsayers or magicians. An exemplified life has been modeled for all Christian and people of faith. Daniel's prophecies concern the Jews, the Gentile kingdoms, and empires that contrast with the worlds system. Furthermore, we also observe the central regions of the chessboard, cultural disagreement of Palestine, the antichrist, and the Messiah. You will explore the book of Daniel as it is portrayed on a Grand Chessboard in four dimensions. The book of Daniel gives an outline of the Gentile nations (or empires) which were successively in having sway over that part of the earth covered by the old Roman Empire. Daniel spoke of these kings and kingdoms in their relationship too and disregard for Israel.

Environmental Politics in the Middle East

Environmental Politics in the Middle East

This book investigates how ecology and politics meet in the Middle East and how those interactions connect to the global political economy. Through region-wide analyses and case studies from the Arabian Peninsula, the Gulf of Aden, the Levant and North Africa, the volume highlights the intimate connections of environmental activism, energy infrastructure and illicit commodity trading with the political economies of Central Asia, the Horn of Africa and the Indian subcontinent. The book's nine chapters analyze how the exploitation and representation of the environment have shaped the history of the region--and determined its place in global politics. It argues that how the ecological is understood, instrumentalized and intervened upon is the product of political struggle: deconstructing ideas and practices of environmental change means unravelling claims of authority and legitimacy. This is particularly important in a region frequently seen through the prism of environmental determinism, where ruling elites have imposed authoritarian control as the corollary of 'environmental crisis'. This unique and urgent collection will question much of what we think we know about this pressing issue.

West Asia and the Region

Defining India's Role

West Asia and the Region

Contributed articles presented at the National Conference on "West Asia and the Region: Defining India's Role" held at the Centre for West Asian Studies on Aug. 21-22, 2006.

Ukraine

Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated

Ukraine

The truth on the Ukraine crisis that the US government and US Oligarchs would prefer you not know. However, after reading Ukraine: ZBIG's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated you will be provided with all that you need to know to track the lies, failures, and impeding fiascoes currently being generated by the West.

Central Asia and Regional Security

Central Asia and Regional Security

While security concerns have assumed salience across the globe, Afghanistan’s proximity to Central Asia has meant that security or perceptions of insecurity dominate the strategic discourse in the region. Issues that stand out include the challenges that the Central Asian states will face in terms of stability, ethnic tensions, radicalization of youth, destabilization of commodity flows and energy security and the impact that these could have on Central Asian society. However, security cannot just be defined in terms of security at the borders. It needs to be defined in ‘cosmopolitan’ terms through an array of issues like movements across borders, radicalism within states, the sharing of water, and various multilateral attempts at combating insecurity. This volume is an attempt to focus on some of these issues that reflect on perceptions of security principally from Indian and Uzbek positions. It examines shifts over the last two decades, from debates on the geopolitical importance of the region from a great game perspective to the salience of new engagements within the international arena.

Axis of Convenience

Moscow, Beijing, and the New Geopolitics

Axis of Convenience

Few relationships have been as misunderstood as the "strategic partnership" between Russia and China. Official rhetoric portrays it as the very model of international cooperation: Moscow and Beijing claim that ties are closer and warmer than at any time in history. In reality, however, the picture is highly ambiguous. While both sides are committed to multifaceted engagement, cooperation is complicated by historical suspicions, cultural prejudices, geopolitical rivalries, and competing priorities. For Russia, China is at once the focus of a genuine convergence of interests and the greatest long-term threat to its national security. For China, Russia is a key supplier of energy and weapons, but is frequently dismissed as a self-important power whose rhetoric far outstrips its real influence. A xis of Convenience cuts through the mythmaking and examines the Sino-Russian partnership on its own merits. It steers between the overblown interpretation of an anti-Western (particularly, anti-American) alliance and the complacent assumption that past animosities and competing agendas must always divide the two nations. Their relationship reflects a new geopolitics, one that eschews formal alliances in favor of more flexible and opportunistic arrangements. Ultimately, it is an axis of convenience driven by cold-eyed perceptions of the national interest. In evaluating the current state and future prospects of the relationship, Bobo Lo assesses its impact on the evolving strategic environments in Central and East Asia. He also analyzes the global implications of rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing, focusing in particular on the geopolitics of energy and Russia-China-U.S. triangularism.