Winning the Long Game: Transforming Enemies Into Allies



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The complexity of globalization and how it impacts U.S. national security combined with the political need to create policies easy for the general public to understand have caused U.S. politicians to rely heavily on sanctions and the military as instruments of foreign policy. This thesis discusses the negative impacts of these policies, and presents alternatives, using case studies of post-World War II Germany and Japan, post-2003 invasion Iraq, the development of South Korea, and the emergence of China. It applies the lessons learned to Iran and North Korea in an effort to identify a more moderate path to liberal democracy for both countries.



Iran, Iraq, North Korea, China, South Korea, Sanctions, Development, Peacekeeping, peace keeping, peace building, grand strategy, United States, military operations, rogue states, brinksmanship, national security, national strategy