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, military personnel, journalists and media experts, and social reformers. Study involves classroom seminars, group presentations of strategy briefs to high-level officials, 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.