June 09, 2014

Strategy and Statecraft: An Agenda for the United States in an Era of Compounding Complexity

By Jacob Stokes and Julianne Smith

Written by Senior Fellow and Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program Julianne Smith and Bacevich Fellow Jacob Stokes, “Strategy and Statecraft: An Agenda for the United States in an Era of Compounding Complexity,” examines the major problems U.S. policymakers confront when it comes to managing America’s role as world leader.
Ms. Smith and Mr. Stokes explore the core challenges the United States must meet in the areas of strategy and statecraft. Strategic obstacles include the growing diversity of actors, the increasing use of asymmetric capabilities and tactics, the evolving role of allies and partners, the eroding foundations of the international order and the blurring of lines between domestic and foreign policy. In terms of statecraft, the authors explore the ongoing civilian response gap, evolution of military tools, challenges presented by new or revitalized tools, waning U.S. influence in international organizations, contradictory public opinion and the government’s inability to manage risk effectively.

The report is available to download online.

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  • Jacob Stokes

  • Julianne Smith

    Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. She is a contributing editor to Fo...

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