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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