CULTIVATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STRATEGISTS
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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WHAT IS AMERICAN GRAND STRATEGY?
“Grand strategy is a term of art from academia, and refers to the collection of plans and policies that comprise the state’s deliberate effort to harness political, military, diplomatic, and economic tools together to advance that state’s national interest. Grand strategy is the art of reconciling ends and means. It involves purposive action – what leaders think and want. Such action is constrained by factors leaders explicitly recognize (for instance, budget constraints and the limitations inherent in the tools of statecraft) and by those they might only implicitly feel (cultural or cognitive screens that shape worldviews).
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“AGS has been formative in cultivating my passion and understanding of Grand Strategy. I’ve had the opportunity to meet my personal heroes who have made an incredible impact on the world, like Samantha Power and David Sanger. AGS is a home for me at Duke, not just academically and professionally, but also personally. I’ve met some of my best friends and mentors through AGS, and I’m constantly learning from the incredible students and faculty involved in the program.”
Ritika Saligram ’23
“The Program in American Grand Strategy has been a central part of my college experience. From the things I’ve learned, to the people I’ve met, to the experiences I’ve had, the program is unparalleled at Duke and around the country. One of my most memorable experiences was the staff ride to Gettysburg National Military Park. Getting the chance to learn more about strategy, and our nation’s history generally, while making friends is something I’ll remember fondly”
Samuel Reynoldson ’23
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