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November 25, 2013 - CISAC, FSI Stanford In the News

Zegart argues: the days of American "grand strategy" are over

CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart writes in this commentary for the Hoover Institution, where she is Associate Director for Academic Affairs and co-chairs the Foreign Policy Working Group, that in the post-9/11 world, the days of an American "grand strategy" are over. 

"The sorry truth is that American grand strategies are usually alluring but elusive. Containment during the Cold War, the most often cited example of grand strategy success, is a recent lonely exception that has driven political scientists and policymakers to keep hope alive. That hope is misguided. In the post-9/11 world, forging a successful grand strategy is unlikely and dangerous."


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