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The Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy is a signature program for Duke students interested in national security policymaking. AGS is defined by its curriculum, with the hallmark AGS advanced seminar, speaker series, co-curricular active learning experiences, research opportunities and extensive alumni network.

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Jussi Hanhimäki | October 12, 2021

Watch a recording of the event. Event summary by Jack Kochansky: On October 12, the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy was joined by Jussi Hanhimäki, a Professor of International History and Finland Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. In a conversation…

AGS Alumni Career Panel | October 8, 2021

AGS Alumni Career Panel | October 8, 2021 Duke students are invited to view a recording of the event. Please contact Paige Rotunda at paige.rotunda@duke.edu. AGS Council Co-chair Kyle Melatti ’22, moderated the discussion between AGS alumni Ryan Boone ’13, Chelsea Goldstein ’10, and Amy Kramer ’18, and students. The…

Andrew Preston and Christopher Nichols | September 29, 2021

Andrew Preston and Christopher Nichols | September 29, 2021 Professor Miles welcomed Professors Andrew Preston and Christopher Nichols to discuss the rethinking of American grand strategy as detailed in their new book. Event summary by Weston Lindner: Christopher Nichols is the Director of the Oregon State University Center for the…

Nasirullah “John” Safi | September 23, 2021

Nasirullah “John” Safi | September 23, 2021 Watch the event here. Professor Kyle Beardsley spoke with Afghan interpreter, Nasirullah “John” Safi. Safi’s relayed personal stories of working with the U.S. military to fight the Taliban and shared some interesting insights into how the situation looked for Afghan citizens. Event Summary…

Stephen J. Hadley | September 15, 2021

Watch the event here. Stephen Hadley, Former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, joined Professor Feaver to discuss the lessons learned over the twenty-years since 9/11 and U.S. strategy going forward. Event summary: On September 15, the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy welcomed a virtual discussion between…

Wajahat Ali | September 9, 2021

  Additional photos available here.  |  Watch the event. Event summary: On September 9, the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy welcomed Wajahat Ali, an influential writer and leading Muslim American public intellectual, in conversation with Professor David Schanzer to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Ali began by talking…

Michèle Flournoy | September 7, 2021

Michèle Flournoy | September 7, 2021   Professor Peter Feaver and Michèle Flournoy discussed American strategic defense policy. In the wake of U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan and the subsequent Taliban takeover, competition with China and tense relations with Russia, many challenges and opportunities lie ahead for American security. This…

Michael Singh | September 1, 2021

Michael Singh | September 1, 2021 Professor Bruce Jentleson joined Michael Singh to discuss Middle East strategy in the wake of the U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and in the context of great power competition. Watch the event here. Summary by Ruthie Kesri: On September 1, Professor Bruce Jentleson moderated a…

Ambassador Douglas Lute | August 25, 2021

Ambassador Douglas Lute | August 25, 2021 Professor Feaver welcomed Ambassador Doug Lute, former Ambassador to NATO, to discuss the Biden Administration’s Afghan strategy. Watch the event here.   Summary by Emma Dries: Ambassador Douglas Lute is the former United States Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council. After retiring…

Deputy Director Sue Gordon | July 29, 2021

Deputy Director Sue Gordon | July 29, 2021 Watch the event here. In AGS’s second summer speaker event, Professor Peter Feaver joined Deputy Director Sue Gordon to discuss threats and opportunities and the new geopolitics. They touched on cyberterrororism, the loss of US tech superiority, Intelligence Community hotspots, Intel perspectives…