Welcome to AGS!
American Grand Strategy (AGS) is an interdisciplinary initiative across Duke University that creates and shares new knowledge in the grand strategy field. The program’s mission is to prepare the next generation of strategists by studying past generations and interacting with current strategic leaders. We are building a research community of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates who are committed to deepening their understanding of America’s role in the world – past, present and future.
AGS hosts The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture series: 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. Contemporary leaders who have attended include, Mitt Romney, Stephen Hadley, Ray Odierno, Karl Eikenberry, David Petraeus, Karl Rove, Howard Dean, Condoleezza Rice, Martin Dempsey, Robert Gates, and Fareed Zakaria.
Spring 2017 Staff Ride to Vietnam
For 10 days in early January, nearly 40 Duke AGS undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and alumni traced the path of the 1968 Tet Offensive through Vietnam.
Our trip was an academic adaptation of the staff ride format the U.S. military uses to educate leaders about a specific historical campaign or conflict, examining the event and its effects from historical, strategic and political perspectives.
To learn more about our trip, check out this Duke Today article and watch the video below!
Civil Military Course Co-Taught by General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey
In the spring semester, General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey, a Rubenstein fellow, co-teaches a seminar on civil-military relations with AGS Program Director Peter Feaver. The course explores the traditional understandings of American civil-military relations theory and contemporary challenges of American civil-military relations practice. Featured below is a conversation between Peter Feaver and General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey as they discuss Dempsey’s former position as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and get to the heart of the question driving the seminar: can we have a military strong enough to protect our citizens yet not so strong as to ignore or subvert civilian direction?