DHP P248: Strategy and Grand Strategy: Theory, Art and Practice
This course aims to build students’ understanding of the theory and practice of strategy and grand strategy and their influence on policy formulation and implementation. It is a course designed for practitioners in which students are asked to think critically and creatively about today’s geopolitical environment, identify potential security challenges, craft strategies to address such challenges, and consider the ways and means of implementation as well as the costs and consequences. The course begins by examining the nature of strategy and how it is defined across the literature. It explores the historic origins and modern foundations of the field, introduces the concepts of power and statecraft, and considers critiques of grand strategy and strategic planning. Next, the course turns to a discussion of strategic art - the assessment, formulation, and implementation of strategy including the use of diplomatic, economic, and military tools of statecraft. The course concludes by considering the influences of culture, national values, and institutions on contemporary cases of strategy in the United States, China, Russia, and the NATO Alliance. Emphasis throughout the course is primarily focused on nation-state behavior but students are strongly encouraged to apply the course frameworks to other actors in the international system including intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and other non-state actors.