“Promoting strategic thinking and leadership for contemporary global challenges”
The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy addresses large-scale, long-term strategic challenges of statecraft, politics, and social change. It encourages understanding of historical and contemporary global challenges and develops students’ capacity for strategic thinking and effective leadership in statecraft broadly conceived. The Yale program was founded in 2000 by John Lewis Gaddis, Paul Kennedy, and Charles Hill, and received an endowment to continue the program from Yale alums Nicholas F. Brady and Charles B. Johnson in 2006. Since 2017, the Grand Strategy Program has been directed by Professor Beverly Gage.
The program defines grand strategy as the comprehensive approach to achieving large ends with limited means. Central to the program is the Studies in Grand Strategy course, which begins with a broad span of history from 300 B.C.E. to present day, with close examination of primary texts and critical historical turning points. In addition, the program develops students’ practical skills through exposure to practitioners such as diplomats, politicians, businesspeople, military personnel, journalists and media experts, scientists, and social reformers. Faculty in the course include scholars from diverse disciplines including history, political science, economics, public health, management, environmental science, and the humanities. Study involves classroom seminars, group presentations of strategy briefs to high-level officials, a crisis simulation, and a summer fellowship. The program integrates academic study at the undergraduate, masters, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral level and is open to current Yale students.
The program views the principles and methods of grand strategy as relevant to a broad array of issues including security, economic development, political stability, health, climate sustainability, human rights, and technological advancement. The program also develops common sense problem solving capacity through the integration of academic and practical learning.
In addition to the year-long course the program supports other activities including: pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in grand strategy; student and faculty research, academic conferences, and other scholarly work in grand strategy. The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy operates in partnership with International Security Studies.