2024 Conference (7)

Grand Strategies of the Left: A Book Discussion with Dr. Van Jackson

Progressives are often critical of US foreign policy and the national security state – but why? What would a statecraft that pulls ideas from the American left look like?

Grand Strategies of the Left, the latest book by Dr. Van Jackson, Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for International Policy, brings the progressive worldview into conversation with security studies and foreign policy practice. It argues that American progressives think durable security will only come by prioritizing the interconnected conditions of peace, democracy, and equality.

Please join CIP for an in-person discussion with Dr. Van Jackson about Grand Strategies of the Left and the future of progressive foreign policy.

The event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required (register here).

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

5:00 – 7:00 PM EST

WHERE: Busboys and Poets

450 K Street NW

Washington, DC


  • Dr. Van Jackson, Author & Senior Non-Resident Fellow, Center for International Policy

  • In conversation with Matt Duss, Executive Vice President, Center for International Policy & Dr. Nancy Okail, President and CEO, Center for International Policy


Van Jackson


Van Jackson is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. He is also a senior lecturer in international relations at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and a senior research scholar at Security in Context where he co-directs the “Multipolarity, Great-Power Competition, and the Global South” project. He specializes in East Asian and Pacific security, critical analysis of defense issues, and the intersection of working-class interests with foreign policy.

Jackson is the author of the Un-Diplomatic Newsletter, as well as four books on international relations, including most recently Grand Strategies of the Left: The Foreign Policy of Progressive Worldmaking (Cambridge University Press, 2023) and Pacific Power Paradox: American Statecraft and the Fate of the Asian Peace (Yale University Press, 2023). His writing has been featured in wide-ranging outlets, including The Nation, New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Dissent Magazine, and Current Affairs. A one-time “defense intellectual” turned peace strategist, Jackson previously served as a strategist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the Obama administration and is a U.S. Air Force veteran.