Tuesday 21 Aug 2018 | 19:41 | SYDNEY
Tuesday 21 Aug 2018 | 19:41 | SYDNEY

Monday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


29 November 2010 17:29

So long as really stupid policies are avoided, I don't think that grand strategies matter for most countries most of the time -- what matters are good fundamentals like a robust economy.  The thing is, this is one of those rare moments when strategy does matter.  Any time you have a systemic shock -- like a great power war or a massive global recession -- you get massive uncertainty about the future direction of world politics.  Add on the fact that there's now a potential challenger to the most powerful state in the world, and there are a lot of key actors in the world wondering what's going to happen next. 

These are moments when a well-articulated and executed gramd strategy can reassure allies and signal possible rivals about a country's future course of action.  And I'm unconvinced that the Obama administration's existing strategy documents provide any kind of clear signal at all. 

  • Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens debate whether religion is a force for good in the world. Here's part 1: