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Nicholas Rostow
Strategic Forum 277


08 2012
Grand strategy is, or should be, the calculated relationship of means to large ends. Interrelated strategic and legal dimensions provide a leitmotif to the modern history of relations among powerful states. States employ an array of means to achieve their large endsmilitary power, as well as diplomatic, informational, economic/financial, and legal tools and influence. As grand strategy deals with subjects that touch the sources of sovereignty, is therecan there bea relationship between law, much less international law, and grand strategy? The answer, of course (despite the skeptics), is yes; it is a different yes than advocates of this or that legal or other international institution might intend. At the same time, the nature of the relationship is both complex and straightforward