June 09, 2014

Strategy and Statecraft

An Agenda for the United States in an Era of Compounding Complexity

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.


  • Jacob Stokes

    Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Jacob Stokes is a Senior Fellow for the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS, where his work focuses on U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign and military policy, East Asian ...

  • Julianne Smith

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” She is also a senior advisor at WestExec Advisors, an adjunct senio...