The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force
A Book Conversation with Dr. Eliot Cohen
- Dr. Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor of Stategic Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
- Derek Chollet, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
As a part of its Future of American Power series, GMF invites you to participate in a conversation with John Hopkins University SAIS Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies and Author Dr. Eliot Cohen on his newly published book The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force (2017). A recent New York Times review praised The Big Stick as “a thoughtfully, methodically” written book that makes an “unwavering case for the use of force in the service of American security and ideals” that is “organized with the pleasing precision of a bento box.” The discussion will be moderated by GMF Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy Derek Chollet.
GMF’s Future of American Power series discusses new books focusing on U.S. power in the world. In line with its mission to strengthen transatlantic relations, these conversations specifically focus on the implications of U.S. foreign policy for its European partners, as well as other key regions for the transatlantic relationship.
Eliot Cohen is Robert E. Osgood Professor and director of the Philip Merrill Center of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he has taught since 1990. From April 2007 to January 2009, he served as Counselor of the Department of State, advising Secretary Condoleezza Rice on a wide range of strategic issues. Prior to this, he served in the Policy Planning Staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as member of the Strategy Department of the United States Naval War College, as well as teaching at Harvard. His government-related advisory work for government includes service on the Defense Policy Advisory Board and the National Security Advisory Panel of the National Intelligence Council, as well as serving as a special adviser on foreign and defense policy to the Presidential campaign of Governor Mitt Romney. He is the author and co-author of many books, and received his PhD from Harvard College in 1982. His most recent book is The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force (Basic Books, 2017).
Derek Chollet is executive vice president and senior advisor for security and defense policy at GMF. From 2012-15, Chollet was the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, where he managed U.S. defense policy issues related to the nations and international organizations of Europe (including NATO), the Middle East, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere, as well as advising Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel. Prior to joining the Pentagon, Chollet served at the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff. From 2009-11, he was the principal deputy director of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s policy planning staff. Chollet is also the author, co-author, or co-editor of six books on U.S. foreign policy.