On Geopolitics

The U.S.'s Eurasia Obsession, Part 1: Setting the Stage

Rodger Baker
Senior VP of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor
Aug 31, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
A satellite image of the United States at night.

A satellite image of the United States at night. 

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Since its founding, the United States has feared European involvement in North America and the Western Hemisphere. And from this fear arose a continentalist strategic view and an idea of a fortress America secure behind its oceanic moats, loathe to get dragged into internecine European conflicts. Over time, as the United States consolidated its position across North America, a competing concern also arose -- one that began to see Eurasia at the heart of a strategic challenge to U.S. security, and promoted a more internationalist and interventionist policy abroad. These two strands continue to shape U.S. strategic assessments today amid the emerging geography of the 21st century. ...

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