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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White: Time to Set a 2008 Date for U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Wayne White interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Wayne White, who was the State Department’s top intelligence analyst on Iraq from 2003-2005, says he is “very gloomy” about the situation in Iraq, and advocates that the United States set a “date certain” two years from now for a U.S. troop withdrawal.

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Primary Sources

National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism

Produced by the Department of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this planning document "constitutes the comprehensive military plan to prosecute the Global War on Terrorism for the the Armed Forces of the United States...including the findings and recommendations of the 9-11 Commission and a rigorous examination wtih the Department of Defense."

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