Grand Strategy-Center for International Relations and Politics - Carnegie Mellon University

Grand Strategy

Faculty Lead:  Kiron K. Skinner

If globalization is defined as the intersection of international politics, culture, markets, and technology, then the grand strategy of nation-states is economically, militarily, and politically central to this concept.  Grand strategy may be defined as the combination of diplomatic, economic, military, and political factors used by leaders to defend their respective nation-states.  In the context of highly interdependent domestic and international politics, leaders must develop strategies that address a diverse range of internal, state, and nonstate challenges. 

No single discipline can fully grapple with the way in which grand strategy is constructed, the role it plays in the international system, and the ever-evolving process of globalization.  The program in Grand Strategy probes these issues, relying on the university's intellectual strengths in analytical history, political science, behavioral decision science, economics, complex social systems, computer science, engineering, and the study of strategy, entrepreneurship, and technological change.  Grand Strategy is the flagship initiative of the Center for International Relations and Politics.    

CIRP Policy Forum welcomed Peter Feaver on February 7, 2014 where he discussed, "Grand Strategy in Theory and Practice".


On September 23, 2009 Carnegie Mellon hosted a day-long conference on the steps needed to revitalize economic growth, reaffirm political liberalization, and restore confidence in globalization in the aftermath of the economic crisis.  Read conference participants' report on subjects key to future G-20 agendas (published by Carnegie Mellon University Press). 

G20 Conference