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Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, second right, walks during a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, second left, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, left, at Point Loma naval base

Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP, File

Analysis & Opinions - Real Clear Defense

America's Allies are More Dependent on Washington than Ever Before

| June 13, 2023

Grant Golub writes: For decades, Washington has called on U.S. allies to sustain greater shares of the defense burden while largely neglecting to take concrete actions to make this happen. This has helped allow other countries to become dependent on American military protection while letting their own defense capabilities atrophy.

People inspect the wreckage of buildings that were damaged by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

AP Photo/Hani Mohammed

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Significance of the Iran-Saudi Arabia Agreement Brokered by China

Belfer Center experts on the U.S.-China relationship and Middle East issues shared thoughts on the significance of the unexpected Iran-Saudi Arabia agreement brokered by China. 

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, seated left, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, right, join in the singing during church services aboard the Battleship HMS Prince of Wales


Journal Article - The Journal of Strategic Studies

The Eagle and the Lion: Reassessing Anglo-American Strategic Planning and the Foundations of U.S. Grand Strategy for World War II

| 2022

Many accounts of the formation of American and British grand strategy during World War II between the fall of France and the Pearl Harbor attacks stress the differences between the two sides’ strategic thinking. These accounts argue that while the Americans favored a 'direct' Germany-first approach to defeating the Axis powers, the British preferred the 'indirect' or 'peripheral' method. However, a review of Anglo-American strategic planning in this period shows that before official U.S. wartime entry, both sides largely agreed the British 'peripheral' approach was the wisest grand strategy for winning the war.

George C. Marshall, Chief of staff, and Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War, confer over a map in the War Department

U.S. Army Signal Corps

Newspaper Article - Harvard Crimson

Belfer Center Fellow Discusses Political Influence of U.S. War Department

  • Michael Gritzbach
  • Emily L. Ding
  • Julia A. Maciejak
  • Makanaka Nyandoro
| Oct. 17, 2022

Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy Grant H. Golub discussed the World War II–era expansion of the now-defunct U.S. Department of War during a virtual International Security Program seminar on October 13, 2022.

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji.

Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn/U.S. Navy via AP

Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

A Global America Can't Pivot to Asia

| Sep. 22, 2022

Grant Golub argues that the root cause of the so-called pivot to Asia's failure is Washington's continued belief that U.S. power and interests are global and universal. If U.S. decisionmakers truly seek to reorient U.S. strategic priorities, they need a clear hierarchy of the country's interests and obligations.