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DPP Research Seminar: Across Type, Time and Space: American Grand Strategy in Comparative Perspective

Simon Reich
Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The field of grand strategy is exceptionally American-centric– theoretically, methodologically and empirically. Indeed, many scholars treat the United States as a unique case, and thus incomparable. In this book, Peter Dombrowski and Simon Reich address the shortcomings of this approach by developing a novel framework for the purpose of systematic comparison. They consider the dimensions in which grand strategies can be compared: First, the attributes of the major types commonly discussed in the literature; Second, the similarities and differences in the implementation of grand strategies over time, with a discussion of US-Russia relations; and finally, across space, the properties of the grand strategies that are interactively employed by other major powers in the Indo-Pacific.