Who is involved with the program (i.e. professors/alumni/current students)?

Students in the Grand Strategy program arrive with a wide variety of backgrounds and academic interests which include, but are not limited to, foreign policy, social change, geopolitics, racial justice, immigration, military strategy, climate change, and so much more. You can view all current students here.

The program is directed by Professor Arne Westad, supported by a group of senior Yale faculty and staff.

Recent practitioners include Daniel Kurtz-Phelan (Editor of Foreign Affairs and former member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff), Heather McGhee (former President of Demos and Board Chair for Color of Change), Kica Matos (president of the National Immigration Law Center and the Immigrant Justice Fund), Victoria Nuland (former ambassador to Europe and current acting Deputy Secretary of State), Rory Stewart (former UK Secretary of State for International Development), Jake Sullivan (currently National Security Advisor to President Joe Biden), and Evan Wolfson (leader of Freedom to Marry and the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage).

The program also hosts events and private dinners with a range of well-known guests and experts in the fields of social justice, foreign policy, and American politics. Recent guests include James Comey (former FBI Director), Vanita Gupta (CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), Myra Jones-Taylor (chief policy officer at Zero to Three), Andrea Kendall-Taylor (director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security), Bonny Lin (director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies), H.R. McMaster (former National Security Adviser), General Jim Mattis (former Secretary of Defense), David Miliband (President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee), Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith (Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Yale and Co-Chair of President Biden’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force), Trita Parsi (Executive Vice President at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft), and Samantha Power (United States Ambassador to the UN).


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