America faces an increasingly belligerent Iran, uncertain consequences of the “Arab Spring,” and a rising China. Foreign policy decision-makers cannot afford to sidestep the important task of thinking through the purposes of American statecraft. The effort to arrive at a more realistic and principled understanding of our national interests is made more urgent in light of strained finances and growing impatience among the American people, who are rightly confused by the current muddle that is U.S. foreign policy. With the Cold War over and the emergence of a more complex international system, having thoughtful discussions about the ends and means of U.S. foreign policy has arguably become more difficult. Although the concepts of statesmanship, prudence, and grand strategy have gone somewhat out of fashion, they continue to form the bedrock of a sound approach to foreign affairs. Grand strategy is an invaluable framework for better understanding the big-picture of America’s role in the world.
Charles Hill is a Career Minister in the U.S. Foreign Service and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution as well as the Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, Senior Lecturer in International Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Humanities at Yale University. He is the author of Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order (Yale, 2010)
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Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, Senior Lecturer in International Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Humanities, Yale University
Visiting Fellow, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics