Center for Grand Strategy

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(979) 847-9330
bushschoolcgs@tamu.edu

Center for Grand Strategy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
1038 Allen Building
4220 TAMU College Station, Texas 77843-4220

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Albritton Center for Grand Strategy (CGS) serves as an intellectual hub for the critical examination of American grand strategy. Specifically, the Center supports research that takes a fresh look at America’s grand strategic choices; fosters dialogue between scholars and practitioners; and helps prepare a new generation of public servants who will be grand strategic innovators.


Events

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News


People grieving at a funeral
Nov
18

Dr. Aileen Teague, who will begin her appointment as Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Bush School in the 2020-21 academic year, was recently published in the Washington Post. Teague’s article, “Why Abruptly Abandoning the Drug War is a Bad Idea for Mexico,” can be read online here.


Dr. Jasen J. Castillo
Nov
14

Dr. Jasen J. Castillo, Academic Director of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, recently briefed the faculty of the Batten School of Public Policy and members of the intelligence community at the University of Virginia on his book, Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion. For more information about Castillo’s book, please click here.


Dr. Fritz Bartel
Nov
1

With the support of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, Dr. Fritz Bartel cohosted a conference at Yale University marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the Cold War. Along with Professor Nuno Monteiro of Yale’s Department of Political Science, Bartel welcomed twenty leading historians and political scientists to New Haven to discuss the latest scholarly research on the end of the Cold War and the legacies of the Cold War’s end for American grand strategy and contemporary international politics. The conference agenda can be found online here.


National Interest cover
Oct
31

Dr. Castillo’s article, “Don’t Leave Grand Strategy to the Generals,” was the lead article in The National Interest on October 31, 2019. The article can be read online at https://nationalinterest.org/feature/don%E2%80%99t-leave-grand-strategy-generals-92511.


Robert Ralston
Oct
23

Robert Ralston, the 2019-20 CGS Predoctoral Fellow, presented one of the chapters of his dissertation which addresses the ambiguity surrounding a great power’s decline in his talk “The Causes and Consequences of Declinism in Great Powers” on October 23, 2019. A full summary of the talk can be read at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/news/Spoolstra_Robert Ralston Summary.pdf.


U.S. Russia Converence
Oct
15

The Albritton Center for Grand Strategy and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs hosted the “Russia Policy under the Next U.S. President” conference to discuss policy concerns the next administration must address regarding Russia and their place in the world. The conference began with a riveting keynote speech by Dr. Evelyn Farkas, a Senior Fellow with the German Marshall Fund, followed by three panels debating the topics on whether Russia is driven by ideology, the future of the U.S.-Russia security relationship, and Russia’s political economy. The conference culminated in an insightful exchange of ideas and differing viewpoints that could prove beneficial to both current policymakers and the next administration. A full summary of the conference can be read online.


Albritton Center for Grand Strategy
Oct
11

The Albritton Center for Grand Strategy is pleased to announce the formation of a forum for Bush School students interested in examining current issues through a critical grand strategic perspective. The “From our Future Grand Strategists” forum will feature pieces written by Bush School students on the CGS home page. The first piece, written by Logan Wolff, can be read online here.


Dr. F. Gregory Gause, Dr. John Schuessler and Dr. Justin Bullock
Oct
8

The 2018-19 Academic Director for the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, Dr. John Schuessler, discussed US grand strategy under the Trump administration with Bush School Uncorked hosts Dr. Justin Bullock and Dr. F. Gregory Gause. To listen to the podcast online, please click here.


Dr. Adam Seipp
Oct
1
CGS Faculty Affiliate, Adam Seipp, Publishes Article in the Journal of Military History

Visionary Battle Scenes’: Reading Sir John Hackett’s The Third World War, 1977-85” by Dr. Adam Seipp appeared in the October 2019 issue of the Journal of Military History. Seipp’s article examines the writing and reception of retired British General John Hackett’s 1978 novel, which helped frame international discussion of national security and nuclear weapons.


Mark Bell
Sept
24

The Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, in conjunction with the Texas A&M Department of Political Science, welcomed Dr. Mark Bell, an assistant professor from the University of Minnesota, on Sept. 24, 3019. Bell’s lecture, “The Path Dependence of Nuclear Thinking: Grand Strategy, Nuclear Weapons, and the Absence of Evaluation,” discussed a research project he is currently working on. Professor Bell explains the relationship between nuclear weapons and a country’s grand strategy and turns the conventional wisdom upside down.” A full summary of the talk can be read online at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/news/Spoolstra_Mark Bell Lecture Summary.pdf.


Kershaw with Leaches and Ambassadors
Sept
19

: On September 19th, journalist and New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw gave a poignant talk on his latest bestselling book, The First Wave: The D- Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II. Many people study D-Day for its tactical, operational, and strategic effects; however, Kershaw tells the stories of nine of the most influential leaders on that beachhead and just beyond. A full summary of the talk can be read online at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/news/Spoolstra_Kershaw summary.pdf.


Cult of the Irrelevant Book cover
Sept
10

The Albritton Center for Grand Strategy welcomed Dr. Michael Desch back to Aggieland to discuss his new book titled Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security. Prof. Desch, Professor of Political Science and the Director of International Security at the University of Notre Dame, discussed how his book explores the historical relationship between the “Ivy Tower” and government in addressing national security issues and what happened to cause the relationship to decline. Dr. Matthew Fuhrmann, Professor in the Department of Political Science here at Texas A&M University, offered his comments and rebuttal to Prof. Desch’s claims. A full summary of the lecture can be read online at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/events/Desch_Summary_Spoolstra.pdf. and a paper detailing the policy implications of Dr. Desch’s talk is available at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/events/Desch_Policy Implications Paper.pdf.


American Umpire Poster

American Umpire, a film based on the book by Elizabeth Cobbs published in 2013, will air on Sept. 28 and 29, 2019. Check local PBS stations for broadcast times. For more information about the film, please visit http://www.americanumpire.com/#home.

From Our Future Grand Strategist
Donald Trump Gives Turkey the Green Light to Invade Northern Syria

Oct. 11 - by Logan Wolff:
On October 6th, President Trump signaled that the 150 American troops on the TurkeySyria border would be removed and Turkey would be allowed to “move forward with its longplanned operation into Northern Syria."
Read more on Future Grand Strategist



Contact

(979) 847-9330
bushschoolcgs@tamu.edu

Center for Grand Strategy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
1038 Allen Building
4220 TAMU College Station, Texas 77843-4220

Join the CGS mailing list