The Chessboard and the Web by Anne-Marie Slaughter
Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

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...yet on reading “The Chessboard and the Web” and listening on YouTube to the lectures Slaughter gave, I found myself repeatedly yearning to ask her how the grand strategy she advocates would apply to these political realities.
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From a renowned foreign-policy expert, a new paradigm for strategy in the twenty-first century

In 1961, Thomas Schelling’s The Strategy of Conflict used game theory to radically reenvision the U.S.-Soviet relationship and establish the basis of international relations for the rest of the Cold War. Now, Anne-Marie Slaughter—one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers from 2009 to 2012, and the first woman to serve as director of the State Department Office of Policy Planning—applies network theory to develop a new set of strategies for the post-Cold War world. While chessboard-style competitive relationships still exist—U.S.-Iranian relations, for example—many other situations demand that we look not at individual entities but at their links to one another. We must learn to understand, shape, and build on those connections.
 
Concise and accessible, based on real-world situations, on a lucid understanding of network science, and on a clear taxonomy of strategies, this will be a go-to resource for anyone looking for a new way to think about strategy in politics or business.
 

About Anne-Marie Slaughter

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Anne-Marie Slaughter is J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, and Director of Graduate and International Legal Studies, at Harvard Law School.
 
Published March 21, 2017 by Yale University Press. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Serge Schmemann on Apr 12 2017

...yet on reading “The Chessboard and the Web” and listening on YouTube to the lectures Slaughter gave, I found myself repeatedly yearning to ask her how the grand strategy she advocates would apply to these political realities.

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