RUSI JournalVolume 157Issue 4members only

The Idea of Grand Strategy


Grand strategy is often seen as something of a dated concept; a fresh examination reveals it still has much to offer the policy-maker.

The debate on British strategy-making continues with Peter Layton’s reflections on the meaning and usefulness of the concept of ‘grand strategy’ in today’s world. Grand strategy, he argues, is very distinct from ‘strategy’ and frequent tendencies to conflate the two overlook the former’s wider scope and integrative, forward-looking nature: grand strategy aims to shape the world of the future.

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