The Telegram

The Telegram

History and Strategies: Grand, Maritime, and American

November 13, 2011 · Walter A. McDougall

Of sea-captains young or old, and the mates, and of all intrepid sailors, Of the few, very choice, taciturn, whom fate can never surprise nor death dismay. Pick’d sparingly without noise by thee old ocean, chosen by thee, Thou ...

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Too Cheap to Rule: Political and Fiscal Sources of the Coming American Retrenchment

October 13, 2011 · Stuart J. Kaufman

As implied by its evocative title, The Frugal Superpower, the theme of Michael Mandelbaum’s recent book on grand strategy is retrenchment. Mandelbaum argues that U.S. grand strategy is entering into a period of limited resources in which the ...

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Leadership for Military Professions: A Real Strategic Means for America

October 13, 2011 · Don M. Snider

Introduction As a participant this year in the Consortium on Grand Strategy, a collaboration between Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy and the Foreign Policy Research Institute, I noticed that our discussions usually assumed that ...

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Sovereignty – The Ultimate States’ Rights Argument

July 13, 2011 · Anna Simons

Much as it would be comforting to think that jihadism will wither with Osama bin Laden’s demise, the opposite could well occur. Or, what about NATO’s discombobulated effort to topple Moammar Gadhafi? This, too, could augur plenty more anti-American ...

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Defining and Teaching Grand Strategy

January 15, 2011 · Timothy Andrews Sayle

Grand strategy is a phrase that evokes instant and easy associations. The term immediately evokes a cast of historical actors and events: Thucydides and The Peloponnesian War, Bismarck’s Realpolitik, or the Grand Alliance of World War II. The phrase ...

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Can the United States Do Grand Strategy?

April 13, 2010 · Walter A. McDougall

In spring 2003, following the last lecture in my survey course on U.S. diplomatic history since 1776, a brilliant, inquisitive student approached me in the hall to ask a final, confidential question. She said that my course helped her ...

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The Promise and Failure of American Grand Strategy after the Cold War

March 13, 2010 · Jeremi Suri

Like so many things, it began and it ended in New York. In December 1988, the leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union flew into the city amidst great fanfare and anticipation. President Ronald Reagan, President-elect George ...

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Winning the Wars We’re in

November 13, 2009 · John A. Nagl

Your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable. It is to win our wars.—General Douglas MacArthur The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have spurred long-overdue changes in the way the U.S. military prepares for and prioritizes irregular warfare. These changes are ...

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