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Date:Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time:Membership Social at 7:30 Program at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.
Dr. Hal Brands
Grand strategy is one of the most commonly used terms in the foreign policy lexicon. But what is grand strategy? Why is it so important and so difficult? And can the United States actually do grand strategy effectively in a complex and changing world? This talk explores the nature of grand strategy, discusses historical examples of American leaders who have done it well, and looks forward to see what the prospects are for the future of American grand strategy in a difficult geopolitical environment.
Hal Brands joined the faculty at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy in July 2010. He is a historian whose research focuses on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, Cold War history, Latin American security and diplomacy, and other strategic and military issues. He previously worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses outside of Washington, D.C., and has served as a member of the RAND Corporation Grand Strategy Advisory Board. At Duke, he is an affiliate of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and serves on the Executive Board of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.
Brands is the author of From Berlin to Baghdad: America's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World (University Press of Kentucky, 2008). His second book,Latin America's Cold War (Harvard University Press, September 2010), was adapted from his dissertation, which won the John Addison Porter Prize for Best Dissertation in the Humanities at Yale University and the Mary and Arthur Wright Prize for Best Dissertation in Non-U.S. or European History at Yale. His most recent book is What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Statecraft in American Foreign Policy from Harry S. Truan to George W. Bush (Cornell University Press, 2014).
Brands earned a PhD, MA and MPhil. in History from Yale University. He received a BA in History and Political Science from Stanford University.