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President-elect Donald Trump during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Grand Strategy In The Age of Trump February 21st Event

Grand Strategy is the idea that there is a collection of diplomatic, military, and economic policies that deliberately seek to advance the state’s interest abroad. Does the United States have a Grand Strategy in foreign affairs? With or without a Grand Strategy, how should Washington use the tools at its disposal to pursue American interests? In his new book, The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force, former State Department official Eliot Cohen expresses skepticism about the cohesive nature of America’s guiding foreign policy principles. Dr. Cohen nevertheless argues that United States foreign policy requires a credible threat—and the occasional use of military force—to be effective.

On Tuesday, February 21, Dr. Cohen joined Hudson Institute Distinguished Scholar Walter Russell Mead for a conversation about Grand Strategy and President Trump with Hal Brands and Charles Edel.


Walter Russell Mead Moderator

Distinguished Scholar in Strategy and Statesmanship, Hudson Institute

Eliot Cohen Speaker

Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and Author, The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force

Charles Edel Speaker

Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval War College

Hal Brands Speaker

Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

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