Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy

About the Course

The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy offers a year-long course (“Studies in Grand Strategy”) to Yale undergraduates and graduate students that addresses large-scale, long-term strategic challenges of statecraft, politics, and social change. The course encourages understanding of historical and contemporary global and domestic challenges, while developing students’ capacity for strategic thinking and effective leadership in a variety of fields.

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How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2023 course has now passed.

Current Students

The current GS student cohort consists of 23 Yale students, mostly undergraduates with majors ranging from history and economics to philosophy and biology.  They study a varied curriculum, emphasizing classic texts in strategy, as well as large-scale, long-term strategic challenges of statecraft, politics, and social change.  

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In collaboration with International Security Studies and the Johnson Center on the Study of American Diplomacy, the Program awards both postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowships.

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Faculty Advisors

The Grand Strategy Program is led by Interim Director Michael Brenes with an independent group of senior Yale faculty and practitioners participating as advisors to the program.

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Program History

International Security Studies first launched the Grand Strategy Program in 2000, founded by Professors John Lewis Gaddis and Paul Kennedy, along with the late Diplomat-in-Residence Charles Hill.

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