Grand Strategy


A Conversation with General Anthony Zinni [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service, Inc.]

Speaker: Anthony C. Zinni
Presider: James F. Hoge

General Anthony Zinni argues that despite the United States’ matchless power, it is failing to achieve the goals that matter most: enhancing democracy and security, giving people opportunities to improve their lives, and increasing respect for human rights. He explains what has gone wrong and how the United States can effectively use its power to secure peace in the world.

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The Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons: Prospects for Continuance [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service, Inc.]

Speaker: Thomas C. Schelling
Presider: Ashton B. Carter

Professor Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics, discusses his contributions as a social scientist and nuclear strategist during the first decade of the nuclear age and how his theories for security policy and deterrence pertain today.

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Primary Sources

Bush Administration: National Security Strategy

The 2002 National Security Strategy from the George W. Bush Administration revealed a shift in the U.S. Government's former strategy of deterrence to a pre-emptive strategy toward terrorism and rogue states. Issues include terrorism, regional conflicts, weapons of mass destruction, free trade, the building of partnerships, and plans for national security institutions. The 2006 National Security Strategy declared its intent to "seek and support democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."

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American Grand Strategy: Global Security in the 21st Century—the Role of the United States [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service, Inc.]

Speaker: Michael Mandelbaum
Presider: Leslie H. Gelb

Professor Michael Mandelbaum discusses his book, The Case for Goliath, in which he explains how the United States uses its enormous power to provide the world with the services of a government. The U.S. plays this role with the tacit consent of many of its critics, he says.

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Must Read

RAND: Securing Tyrants or Fostering Reform?

Authors: Seth G. Jones, Olga Oliker, Peter Chalk, C. Chrstine Fair, Rollie Lal, and James Dobbins

This report from Rand examines U.S. government assistance to the police and internal security agencies of repressive and transitioning states. The report notes that throughout its history, the United States has provided assistance to a number of countries that have not shared its political ideals. Their security forces were not accountable to the public, and their practices and approaches were not transparent. The report suggests that U.S. efforts to improve the security, human rights, and accountability of repressive internal security forces are most likely to be successfu when states are in the process of a transition from repressive to democratic systems.

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Primary Sources

National Intelligence Strategy, 2005

This document puts forth a new ten-point national intelligence strategy that addresses the security objectives laid out in the National Security Strategy. It recognizes the need for better unification of the intelligence community, stating "our strategy is to integrate, through intelligence policy, doctrine, and technology, the different enterprises of the Intelligence Community."

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