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Statecraft and Grand Strategy - JPM814
Title: Statecraft and Grand Strategy
Guaranteed by: Department of Security Studies (23-KBS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 30 / 30 (20)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Dr. Irena Kalhousová
Teacher(s): Dr. Irena Kalhousová
Class: Courses for incoming students
Last update: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (20.02.2024)
Lecturer: Dr. Rob Geist Pinfold (Durham University and Charles University)


Lecture 1 (Intro): Thursday, February 29 at 17:00 CET on Zoom:

Lectures in Prague:
March 18, 14:00-15:20 B330
March 19, 12:30-13:50 B316
March 20, 12:30-13:50 B329
March 21, 14:00-15:20 B317
March 22, 11:00-12:20 B330
March 25, 14:00-15:20 B330
March 26, 12:30-13:50 B316
March 27, 12:30-13:50 B329

Participation in all classes is mandatory. Online participation is available only under exceptional circumstances (visa issues) and with the lecturer's approval. Should you need to attend one or more classes online, inform your teacher ahead of time.

Reading and Online Assignments in Moodle.
Moodle Link:

Grand strategy is in vogue, in both academic and in policy circles. In the scholarly world, centres for the study of grand strategy are multiplying. Commentators and academics frequently debate how and if states should pursue a ‘grand strategy’, whilst businesses and nations prioritise thinking ‘strategically’. Grand strategy is also seen as linked to a state’s perceptions of how to create security for itself and how to navigate the conflict-prone international system. But what does ‘grand strategy’ actually entail? How is grand strategy helpful? Why is it difficult to implement? Grand strategy is all about how a state defines its goals and how it allocates resources to pursue them. Grand strategy is inherently ‘big picture’ and focuses on the long-term advancement of the national interest, by employing multiple and diverse tools of statecraft to pursue a delineated objective. Thus, this course covers diverse tools and forms of statecraft – spanning warfare, diplomacy and more – and measures their effectiveness. We will examine case studies in the global north and south alike: from the rise of ‘great powers’ such as the US and China to small states, declining powers and non-state actors, in different historical periods. As such, it is a thematic course centred around grand strategy as a concept, rather than one specific case study or country.
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