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Aspen Ideas Festival 2017: Has American Grand Strategy Gone Missing?

Jun 26, 2017

Credit Claire Woodcock

A grand strategy is a framework through which a country like the United States understands its place in the world: its goals, its biggest challenges, and the best way to promote its security and way of life. 

Post-war American grand strategy has typically been characterized by the notion of American global primacy and a commitment to the liberal international order, though different administrations have differed in their tendencies toward intervention versus restraint. Prolonged wars following 9/11 and a global financial crisis, followed by the emergence of ISIS and the rise of populism, have led the United States to a precarious moment. Do we still have a coherent grand strategy about the country we want to be and our role in the world?