Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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A Foreign Policy for the Future

Journal Article

Author
Amy Zegart - Co-Director of CISAC; Davies Family Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Hoover Institution; Professor of Political Economy (by courtesy), Graduate School of Business

Published by
Defining Ideas, November 20, 2013


First paragraph of the article:

In the post-9/11 world, the days of an American “grand strategy” are over.


Grand strategy has always been seductive because it promises policy coherence in the face of complexity. Yet 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 policy makers to keep hope alive. That hope is misguided. In the post-9/11 world, forging a successful grand strategy is unlikely and dangerous.

In the post-9/11 world, the days of an American “grand strategy” are over.


Grand strategy has always been seductive because it promises policy coherence in the face of complexity. Yet 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 policy makers to keep hope alive. That hope is misguided. In the post-9/11 world, forging a successful grand strategy is unlikely and dangerous.