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What’s Wrong with the Debate over American Grand Strategy?

Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of 

What’s Wrong with the Debate over American Grand Strategy?

Carnes Lord
Professor of Strategic Leadership, US Naval War College

Monday, November 16
4:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
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This lecture is part of a series on U.S. Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation.

The long-standing debate over American grand strategy has been dominated by academic international relations theory, resulting in a largely futile clash of straw men. This presentation will examine critically the assumptions underlying this debate, and make some suggestions as to how we should be thinking about American grand strategy in the real–no quotation marks–world of the near future.

Carnes LordCarnes Lord, Professor of Strategic Leadership at the Naval War College, Newport, RI, is a political scientist with broad interests in international and strategic studies, national security organization and management, classical studies, and the history of political philosophy. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude and a Ph.D (Classics) from Yale University, as well as a Ph.D (Government) from Cornell University. Dr. Lord has taught at Yale University, the University of Virginia, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and has held various positions in the United States government, including on the National Security Council staff and the Office of the Vice President. His latest books are The Politics of Aristotle (editor and translator; second edition, University of Chicago Press, 2013), and Proconsuls: Delegated Political-Military Leadership from Rome to America Today(Cambridge University Press, 2012). In addition to his role as professor in the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership, Dr. Lord is director of the Naval War College Press and editor of the Naval War College Review.