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How Strategic Empathy Helps Us Understand and Prevent Wars


Published November 9, 2022

Most conflicts are prolonged when a strategy is unclear or there is no clear objective. Therefore, it is important to understand how and why strategies become muddled. Strategic empathy, Hoover senior fellow H. R. McMaster explains, is a method of keeping strategies clear and defined, enabling us to understand and prevent wars.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Are there any downsides to having a national strategy? If no, why has there been confusion on strategy in the past?
  2. What do you believe is America’s best course of action for dealing with China?

Additional Resources:

  • Watch “Lithuania: On the Frontline of European Security,” with H. R. McMaster. Available here.
  • Watch “Unsolicited Advice for the Next Congress,” with John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and Bill Whalen. Available here.
  • Watch “Embracing Strategic Empathy,” with H. R. McMaster on PolicyEd. Available here.