Leader of the Free Word and the Balance of Threats: Understanding Obama's New Defence Strategy


This strategy has received substantial attention and triggered the discussion about the future of U.S. security policy and America's role in the world. The article argues that American strategy is often misunderstood, particularly in the Czech environment. Obama's defence strategy and its foundations must be explained through the lenses of the balance of threats developed by Stephen Walt. Washington is balancing what it perceives to be the greatest threat to American leadership in the world. Threats are presented by emerging power of People's China, the situation in Middle East. Europe is not less important; it is still an important American ally.

Mgr. et Mgr. Jan Ludvík, born in 1984, he graduated from security studies and American studies at he Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK), Prague. In 2009 he lived in the United States, University of Richmond, where he concentrated on independent research into Iranian nuclear programme. At present he is a researcher at the Centre for Social and Economic Strategies, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV), Charles University (CESES FSV UK), Prague, and at the same time he gives lessons of American studies and the security policy of the Czech Republic at the Department of International Relations, FSV UK Prague. He published several treatises namely on American security policy and problems of nuclear weapons.

Country: Czech Republic


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