The Art of Grand Strategy: A Week-Long Summer School

July 14-20, 2024
Linda L. Bean Conference Center at ISI, Wilmington, DE

ISI's Summer School on Grand Strategy

Much of contemporary foreign policy focuses on frivolous details of international relations without a view to long-term strategy, the art of statesmanship, or philosophic principles. As such, this leaves America’s foreign policy distracted, needlessly at odds with other nations, at odds with our own interests, and without a strong sense of direction. Most importantly, it gives our leadership class impetus to be irresponsible in its pursuits.

These problems, however, are not new, and thousands of years of history and philosophy have considered these questions. What are the rights and duties between nations? What interests, goals, and ideals should order a nation’s foreign policy? What leadership is required in diplomacy? How should a statesman integrate domestic and international policies and priorities? How does justice interact with questions of war and peace? Why do nations fail or succeed on the world stage? What temptations do leaders and nations need to be wary of in dealing with other nations?

ISI’s week-long summer school will introduce students to the tradition of the art of “grand strategy.” Students will read from the seminal texts of the tradition of grand strategy and diplomacy. Drawing from Thucydides, Machiavelli, Carl von Clausewitz, George Washington, and John Quincy Adams, you will engage with important questions and timeless principles that will help America thrive in steering the ship of state. Our summer school is cost-free and all meals and lodging are covered for the week. Accepted students are responsible for travel costs to ISI’s headquarters in Wilmington, DE. Applications are due by April 14 and spots are limited, so apply today and begin your journey through the exciting world of foreign relations!

Meet your professors

Michael Anton

Michael Anton is a lecturer and research fellow at Hillsdale College, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, and a former national security official in the Trump administration.

Elbridge Colby

Elbridge Colby is co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, a policy initiative focused on developing strategies to prepare the United States for an era of sustained great power competition. He is the author of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict (Yale University Press, 2021), which The Wall Street Journal selected as one of the top ten books of 2021. 

Daniel McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy is vice president for the Collegiate Network at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and editor of ISI’s journal Modern Age. He is responsible for ISI’s college journalism programs, which support independent campus publications and provide internships and fellowships to outstanding student reporters, writers, and editors. He has an extensive background in journalism, including as a columnist for The Spectator and past editor of The American Conservative. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The National Interest, First Things, Reason, and a wide range of other publications. Before coming to ISI, he was director of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program at The Fund for American Studies. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (where he edited a Collegiate Network paper) and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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