Can the United States Effectively Formulate and Practice a National Strategy?

In this first of a series of lectures on Strategy: New Voices, Matthew Kroenig asks what is needed for an effective US national strategy.

Can the United States effectively formulate and practice a national strategy? Drawing on his experience in the strategic planning units at the Pentagon and the CIA, and his current role as the Director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Strategy Initiative, Matthew Kroenig will answer this question in the affirmative. He will explain the contemporary challenges facing the United States and its allies and the practical obstacles to the development and implementation of strategy, before prescribing a method and global strategy for the United States and its allies to revitalise, adapt, and defend a rules-based international system.



This event was held on Tuesday 15 June 2021.

Meet the speaker and chair

Meet the speaker

Matthew Kroenig is Director of the Global Strategy Initiative and Deputy Director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, and a Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has served in several positions in the U.S. government, including in the Pentagon’s strategy office and the CIA’s Strategic Assessments Group. He is the author or editor of seven books, including The Return of Great Power Rivalry: Democracy versus Autocracy from the Ancient World to the US and China (Oxford University Press 2020).

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Christopher Coker is Director of LSE IDEAS. He was Professor of International Relations at LSE, retiring in 2019. He is a former twice serving member of the Council of the Royal United Services Institute, a former NATO Fellow and a regular lecturer at Defence Colleges in the UK, US. Rome, Singapore, and Tokyo. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute for Defence Studies In Tokyo, the Rajaratnam School for International Studies Singapore, the Political Science Dept in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and the Norwegian and Swedish Defence Colleges.