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"Offensive Realism" emerges as best U.S. strategy in new geopolitical reality

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Jayme Blaschke | November 18, 2019

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Dr. Ionut Popescu

Ionut Popescu, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University and an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, has published the lead article in the most recent issue of "Political Science Quarterly."

Popescu's article "American Grand Strategy and the Rise of Offensive Realism," is available at

In his piece, Popescu outlines the principles of a new American grand strategy. He argues that the theory of offensive realism — the idea that nations engage in aggressive acts of self-interest directly as a result of opportunity afforded by the chaos and instability prevalent in international politics — is better suited to the new era of geopolitical competition with China and Russia. This article represents the beginning of a second book project for Popescu, and it builds on his first book on U.S. foreign policy, "Emergent Strategy and Grand Strategy," published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017.

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922