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How Can Grand Strategy Contribute to Economic Policymaking?

Dan Drezner explores the role of the economy in the U.S.' grand strategy, via his Washington Post column.

Foreign-policy observers live in interesting times, which is a polite way of saying that a lot of things we used to hold constant are, um, no longer constant. The transatlantic relationship as the cornerstone for U.S. grand strategy? In the Age of Trump, that’s silly talk. Liberal internationalism? Ain’t what it used to be. Now is the time for grand strategists to cast about for ideas better attuned to the times. And, boy oh boy, a lot of grand strategists are articulating their thoughts.

Developing a new grand strategy is ambitious enough, but Jennifer Harris and Jake Sullivan take this to the next level in an essay for Foreign Policy that published Friday. They argue that the foreign-policy community needs to rethink first principles not only abroad but also at home as well: “The time has come for foreign-policy professionals to develop a sharper and more systematic sense of what needs to change in their own economic assumptions, both domestic and international.” They suggest that “as in the past, the national security and foreign-policy community should play a proactive role in this domestic economic policy debate, advocating for and helping to deliver the needed reforms.”

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