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Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

Join us as Barry R. Posen presents his latest book, Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy. Written for policymakers and observers alike, Restraint explains precisely why the United States’ grand strategy, which he calls “liberal hegemony,” works poorly. Posen then provides a carefully designed alternative grand strategy and an associated military strategy and force structure. In contrast to the failures and unexpected problems that have stemmed from America’s consistent overreaching, Posen makes an urgent argument for restraint in the future use of U.S. military strength.

Barry R. Posen is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program, and serves on the Executive Committee of Seminar XXI. His most recent book, Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, was released in May 2014 (Cornell University Press 2014). He has written two additional books, Inadvertent Escalation: Conventional War and Nuclear Risks and The Sources of Military Doctrine. The latter won two awards: The American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award, and Ohio State University's Edward J. Furniss Jr. Book Award. He is also the author of numerous articles, including "The Case for Restraint," The American Interest, and "Command of the Commons: The Military Foundation of U.S. Hegemony," International Security. He has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow; Rockefeller Foundation International Affairs Fellow; Guest Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow, Smithsonian Institution; Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and most recently Visiting Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center at Dartmouth College.


  • Barry Posen

    Public Policy Scholar
    Ford International Professor of Political Science and MIT Security Studies Program Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Robert S. Litwak

    Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies