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Rethinking American Grand Strategy
Rethinking American Grand Strategy
Edited by Elizabeth Borgwardt, Christopher McKnight Nichols, and Andrew Preston
Oxford University Press, 2021, 512 pp

“Grand strategy” is a term that is as difficult to define as it is widely used by scholars and practitioners. This volume’s editors and contributors believe that the concept needs to be reconceived by extending it in two dimensions. It should be broadened beyond its roots in military affairs and conventionally defined security to include a variety of additional issues, such as immigration, public health, demographics, international assistance, and climate change. It also needs to reach beyond its traditional focus on the state as the only important player to include other influential voices and actors, including, among others, nonprofit interest groups, organized religion, and the business sector. This volume doesn’t address all those areas, but it is a valuable contribution to the task of broadly rethinking the goals and tactics of U.S. foreign policy. The analyses it presents are solidly rooted in history and provide thought-provoking insights into issues and actors that grand strategists rarely consider.