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You are cordially invited to a book lecture for

A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

Barry R. Posen
Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT,
Director of the MIT Security Studies Program

Thursday, September 24
4:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.


This lecture is part of a series on U.S. Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation.

Restraint, by Barry PosenAbout the book: In his book, Dr. Posen argues that the United States has grown incapable of moderating its ambitions in international politics.  Since the collapse of Soviet power, it has pursued a grand strategy that can be called “liberal hegemony,” which is unnecessary, counter-productive, costly, and wasteful.  The purpose of this book is to explain why this grand strategy works poorly, and to offer an alternative grand strategy and associated military strategy and force structure.

About the author: Barry R. Posen is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program, and serves on the Executive Committee of Seminar XXI. His most recent book, Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, was released in May 2014 (Cornell University Press 2014). He has written two additional books, Inadvertent Escalation: Conventional War and Nuclear Risks and The Sources of Military Doctrine. The latter won two awards: The American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award, and Ohio State University’s Edward J. Furniss Jr. Book Award. He is also the author of numerous articles, including “The Case for Restraint,” The American Interest, (November/December 2007) and “Command of the Commons: The Military Foundation of U.S. Hegemony,” International Security, (Summer 2003). He has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow; Rockefeller Foundation International Affairs Fellow; Guest Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow, Smithsonian Institution; Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and most recently Visiting Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center at Dartmouth College.