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The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

by Anne-Marie Slaughter


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From a renowned foreign-policy expert, a new paradigm for strategy in the twenty-first century

In 1961, Thomas Schelling’s The Strategy of Conflict used game theory to radically reenvision the U.S.-Soviet relationship and establish the basis of international relations for the rest of the Cold War. Now, Anne-Marie Slaughter—one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers from 2009 to 2012, and the first woman to serve as director of the State Department Office of Policy Planning—applies network theory to develop a new set of strategies for the post-Cold War world. While chessboard-style competitive relationships still exist—U.S.-Iranian relations, for example—many other situations demand that we look not at individual entities but at their links to one another. We must learn to understand, shape, and build on those connections.
Concise and accessible, based on real-world situations, on a lucid understanding of network science, and on a clear taxonomy of strategies, this will be a go-to resource for anyone looking for a new way to think about strategy in politics or business.

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ISBN-13: 9780300234664
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Anne-Marie Slaughter is President and CEO of New America, former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department, and former Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her previous books include A New World Order and Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, named one of the best books of 2015 by the Washington Post, the Economist, and NPR. She lives in Princeton, NJ.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I The World of the Web 27

1 Of Great Powers and Globalization 29

2 Networks Everywhere 42

3 Seeing in Stereo 66

II Strategies of Connection 77

4 Resilience Networks 80

5 Task Networks 111

6 Scale Networks 135

III Power, Leadership, and Grand Strategy 159

7 Network Power 161

8 A Different Way to Lead 183

9 A Grand Strategy 202

Conclusion: The Rise of Webcraft 229

Notes 233

Acknowledgments 275

Illustration Credits 279

Index 281

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