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About CGS


In recent times, much has been written about “the return of history”, “end of dreams” and “revenge of geography” in international affairs. The aim of Grand Strategy is to secure the long-term security, peace and prosperity of a nation in the face of such uncertainties. Grand Strategy might also be called “big picture” or “long-term” thinking, but it is unique for its emphasis on the importance of bringing history into those calculations.

The Centre for Grand Strategy at King's College London seeks to bring a greater degree of historical and strategic expertise to statecraft, diplomacy and foreign policy. Through a series of research projects, external engagement activities and a number of undergraduate and executive education teaching programmes, the Centre focuses on “knowledge transfer”: bringing top-class academic expertise to bear on the policy-making process and the public debate about foreign policy.

The Centre has four core aims:

  • To create a world-class Centre of Excellence for the study and practice of Grand Strategy
  • To build a Transatlantic Research Agenda on matters relating to national security
  • To restore a greater understanding of History, Strategy and Statecraft in an increasingly competitive and unpredictable international environment
  • To undertake a long-term Educational Mission to better equip the next generation of leaders in the fields of security, diplomacy, and business

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