What is American Grand Strategy?

Generally defined, American grand strategy (AGS) is the collection of plans and policies by which the leadership of the United States mobilizes and deploys the country’s resources and capabilities, both military and non-military, to achieve its national goals.  Grand strategy exists in the real world of governing, whether it is carefully formulated and articulated in advance, or whether it evolves ad hoc out of the world-views, predilections, and subjectivities of those who govern.  It is a fruitful field for scholars and students to study so that those who govern and those who are governed might have the richest conceptual repertoire with which to construct and evaluate national policies.

What is the Duke AGS Program?

The Duke AGS Program is an interdisciplinary program that blends education and scholarship. Our mission is to raise future leaders by having students study past strategists and engage with current leaders. Through workshops, distinguished lectures, and courses, participants in AGS have the opportunity to interact with leaders from the world of policy as well as the best scholars writing on these topics today.

Why Study AGS at Duke?

At Duke we have distinctive strengths in political science and public policy, including a diversity of experience across the partisan divide, as well as a rich tradition of close collaboration with military and diplomatic history.  AGS is a signature program for Duke students interested in national security policymaking.



The Von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowment Fund Lecture Series

Established in 1994, the Von der Heyden Fellows program was founded to bring prominent international decision-makers in business, government, public life, academics, and law for a sustained engagement with the Duke community.  In particular, these fellows challenge Duke students and faculty to reach a better understanding of public life, which they can incorporate into their …

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The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture Series

The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture series was endowed for the purpose of bringing prominent figures in international security, foreign policy, and diplomacy to Duke University in order to engage with students, faculty, and the larger Duke community about issues of international importance.     2013-2014 Speaker General David H. Petraeus (US …

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