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      Does Grand Strategy Exist? - Annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture featuring Eliot Cohen in Pittsburgh


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      March 27, 2019

      Wednesday   2:00 PM

      4201 Bigelow Boulevard
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

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      Does Grand Strategy Exist? - Annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture featuring Eliot Cohen

      "Grand strategy is a perennial of modern thinking about foreign affairs. But it is a misleading concept, one which masks the indeterminate nature of politics, the role of contingency in human affairs, and above all, the influence of individual statesmen making decisions," says Eliot A. Cohen.  Eliot Cohen, a renowned scholar, national security expert and pre-eminent military strategist, will discuss grand strategy at the Sixth Annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture. He is the Robert E. Osgood Professor and Executive Vice Dean at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Dean Cohen directs the strategic studies program at SAIS and the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, which he founded. From April 2007 through January 2009, Dean Cohen served as Counselor of the Department of State under Condeleeza Rice. He had special responsibility for advising the Secretary on Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Russia, as well as general strategic issues. He represented the State Department in interagency coordination with senior National Security Council staff, Department of Defense, and intelligence community officials on a number of issues, including the Syrian/North Korean reactor crisis of 2007. His is the author of numerous books, most recently The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force (2017). From 1991 to 1993, he directed and edited the official study of air power in the 1991 war with Iraq. For his leadership of The Gulf War Air Power Survey, which included eleven book-length reports, he received the Air Force’s decoration for exceptional civilian service. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly and popular journals and he publishes often in national newspapers such as the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times and is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. He is a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve. In the past he has served as a member of the Defense Policy Advisory Board, the National Security Advisory Panel of the National Intelligence Council, the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and on the Committee on Studies of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

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