Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2019



Course Number

DIPL 6132

Course Description

This course examines the formulation, implementation, and outcomes of American grand strategy. Because grand strategies are never constructed in isolation of past experiences, however, the first part of the course explores the ways in which other great powers have traditionally "done" grand strategy, with special attention given to the case of Great Britain. The majority of the course explores patterns of continuity and change in American grand strategy, from its early founding through the Cold War and containment, to the post-Cold War debates on strategies of engagement, primacy, democracy promotion, and offshore balancing. Core questions explored in this course include: How are grand strategies chosen? What constitutes a successful/failed grand strategy and how can we tell? What should be the grand strategy of the United States for the 21st century?