October 7, 2021

The Art of War in an Age of Peace: The U.S. Grand Strategy and Resolute Restraint

Dr. Michael O'Hanlon

Michael O’Hanlon talked to the Baltimore Council about his interpretation of ‘The Art of War in an Age of Peace’. He thinks that the age we are currently living in is an age of relative peace between countries and great powers. To keep it that way he advises not expanding alliances further, being careful about war plans that are escalatory, and pragmatic approach to nuclear negotiations with countries like North Korea. He thinks that U.S. involvement is a critical element to the World Stage and continuing to decrease isolationist tendencies is an important characteristic for future U.S. leaders. Though, O’Hanlon brings up repeatable academics who disagree with this point, and instead think that we should be more ‘isolationist’.  Yet he does not flesh out this argument very well in his presentation, rather focusing on his own interpretation of U.S. involvement overseas.

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