Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society 2012

Posted on October 30, 2012

I am looking forward to presenting “The Case for a Grand Strategy of Network Centrality” at the Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society in Kingston, CA this weekend.

The paper asks how should the United States employ its defense, development, and diplomatic tools to look beyond war to the subsequent peace? Anne-Marie Slaughter offered a response to that question and proposed a grand strategy of “network centrality” – the United States, in an era of global networks, should position itself close to the center of the political, economic, social, diplomatic, and military networks that most affect its interests. The purpose of this study is to investigate a strategic approach of network centrality that leverages interdependence to foster stability. This essay will offer an empirical model that supports a strategic approach that leverages interdependence to facilitate collective action and foster stability. If this remains true, the current approach to achieving peace is flawed; imposing short-term security will not achieve long term stability. Realizing this, the United States ought to adopt a grand strategy that leverages interdependencies to facilitate collective action to foster stability and achieve elusive peace – network centrality.

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