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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

GOVT 85.02 Leadership and Grand Strategy

Is strategic leadership possible in international affairs? If so, how is it achieved? The objectives of this course are to introduce you the most influential theoretical approaches to the study of strategy in political science and to apply and evaluate these approaches in a series of historical and contemporary case studies of leadership and grand strategy. These immediate objectives serve a larger purpose: to make you a better strategist and more sophisticated analyst of strategic decision-making. Students will be required to craft and defend alternative grand strategies for real leaders in selected cases, including World War I, the transition from apartheid in South Africa, and the war for Kosovo. The empirical focus of the course is on states and their problems, but its basic precepts are applicable to other domains as well. Prerequisite: Government 5.



Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:INT or SOC

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