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.
Accepting Applications for Gettysburg Staff Ride | Due 2/21
The Gettysburg staff ride is a canonical experience of nearly every military officer’s education, and our exercise will hew closely to the same exercise followed at West Point and the Hertog Institute for the Study of War. Participants will gain an understanding not only of the history of the battle of Gettysburg but also of the strategic thought processes of crucial leaders involved in the Civil War. Students will participate in a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania the weekend of April 7-8. The Staff Ride will serve as an excellent introduction into the AGS program, especially those who would like to take advantage of later international staff rides. Students will prepare roles, interact with students from both undergraduate and graduate programs, and work closely with faculty. The final deadline to submit an application is February 21 at 11:59pm.
Winter Forum | January 7-9, 2018
“Duke University launched the Spring 2018 semester with Winter Forum for 89 students that had them imagine themselves as U.S. foreign policy aids working through a potentially dangerous crisi with China.” <Ray Gronberg, The Herald Sun
Read more and watch the event video here
Staff Ride to Vietnam | Spring 2017
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?