Advantages Of A Grand Strategy Essay

3515 Words Dec 15th, 2016 15 Pages
Every state wants to design an effective grand strategy, which will lead it to prosperity and peace. However, designing and implementing such strategy requires high-level intellectual activity, many resources and time. In my essay, I will argue that superpowers should definitely have a grand strategy to carry out their foreign policy and smaller states do not have a capability to create grand strategies. My essay will be structured in the following way. Firstly, I will give a definition of grand strategy and show that various academics in the field understand the term differently. Secondly, I will list the ingredients of grand strategy and reveal why those are always different. Thirdly, I am going to explain that it is beneficial for superpowers to have a grand strategy and what can happen if powerful states do not have one. Lastly, I will explain why smaller states cannot have high strategies.
Debate about the definition There is an ongoing academic debate about the definition of a grand strategy. I believe that grand strategy is not only about the war, but also about war prevention. Therefore, in my analysis, I will use the definition of Liddell Hart, who an English soldier during I World War and has later become a military historian and theorist. He says that “The role of grand strategy – higher strategy is to co-ordinate all the resources of a state, or band of nations, towards the attainment of the political object of the war – the goal defined by fundamental policy”.…

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