Design and Emergence in the Making of American Grand Strategy

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Feaver, Peter

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Popescu, Ionut

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2013-11-14T19:15:09Z

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2016-08-26T04:30:04Z

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2013

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Political Science

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The main research question of this thesis is how do grand strategies form. Grand strategy is defined as a state's coherent and consistent pattern of behavior over a long period of time in search of an overarching goal. The political science literature usually explains the formation of grand strategies by using a planning (or design) model. In this dissertation, I use primary sources, interviews with former government officials, and historical scholarship to show that the formation of grand strategy is better understood using a model of emergent learning imported from the business world. My two case studies examine the formation of American grand strategy during the Cold War and the post-Cold War eras. The dissertation concludes that in both these strategic eras the dominating grand strategies were formed primarily by emergent learning rather than flowing from advanced designs.

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https://hdl.handle.net/10161/8073

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Political Science

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Public policy

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International relations

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Bush Doctrine

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Cold War

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Foreign Policy

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Grand Strategy

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National Security

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Strategic Planning

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Design and Emergence in the Making of American Grand Strategy

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Dissertation

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33

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