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The Grand Strategy that Won the Cold War: Architecture of Triumph

Wed, Feb 24, 2016, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to a book lecture for

The Grand Strategy that Won the Cold War: 
Architecture of Triumph 


Dr. Douglas E. Streusand (Editor, contributor), Professor of International Relations, Marine Corps Command and Staff College and Adjunct Professor at IWP
Dr. Francis H. Marlo (Editor, contributor), Associate professor of Strategic Studies, Marine Corps Command and Staff College 
Dr. Norman A. Bailey (Editor, contributor), Professor of Economics and National Security, The National Security Studies Center, University of Haifa, Israel; and Adjunct Professor of Economic Statecraft, IWP
Dr. Paul D. Gelpi (Editor), Professor of Military History, Marine Corps Command and Staff College. 


Wednesday, February 24

4:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.
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The Grand Strategy that Won the Cold WarAbout the book: This book demonstrates that under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan and through the mechanism of his National Security Council staff, the United States developed and executed a comprehensive grand strategy, involving the coordinated use of the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic instruments of national power, and that grand strategy led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In doing so, it refutes three orthodoxies: that Reagan and his administration deserves little credit for the end of the Cold War, with most of credit going to Mikhail Gorbachev; that Reagan’s management of the National Security Council staff was singularly inept; and that the United States is incapable of generating and implementing a grand strategy that employs all the instruments of national power and coordinates the work of all executive agencies. The Reagan years were hardly a time of interagency concord, but the National Security Council staff managed the successful implementation its program nonetheless.