Teaching Grand Strategy

Thomas P. Cavanna recently published a 2,500-word piece for an H-Diplo-ISSF roundtable on “Teaching Grand Strategy.” In this piece, Cavanna explains how he has conceptualized his course “Grand Strategies in history: from the Ancient Greek City-States to America’s 21st Century Hegemony,” which he has taught at the Fletcher School since spring 2019.

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The hyper-nationalist politics of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Monica Duffy Toft

The emergence and intensification of the COVID-19 pandemic has created conditions which, falling as they do into a world of advanced industrial states already turning to hyper-nationalism, the political far-right, or outright authoritarianism — including but not limited to Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Turkey, and Russia — make major interstate war more likely.

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When Do Displaced Persons Return? Postwar Migration among Christians in Mount Lebanon

Under what conditions will forcibly displaced persons return to their original homes after wars end? We draw on theories of labor migration to show that even displaced persons who have positive feelings toward their original location may nevertheless choose to return as regular visitors rather than permanent residents unless the location offers attractive economic opportunities.

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Long-Term Gains Far Outweigh Short-Term Costs from Withdrawing the U.S. Military from the Middle East

Like his predecessors, the president has found himself walking back this important strategic objective. Why? Because he seems to believe the best option for the United States in the Middle East comes down to pain and loss no matter which policy we choose: military withdrawal or continued forward deployment.

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