Johns Hopkins University, Global Securities Studies Program

This course address the subject of grand strategy as the expression of a nation’s understanding of its interests, the choices it faces in securing those interests, the decisions required to implement the choices made and the consequences of having done so on the putative interests in whose name action was taken. Following an introductory section on the theory and literature around the concept of grand strategy the course examines the derivation and practice of grand strategy by the US and the PRC and considers the consequences of grand strategy as they are made manifest in military campaigns. The course will rely heavily on historical experience to assist theory in framing a definition of grand strategy to be employed by students in preparing for class discussion and in writing the required papers.