• The Chessboard and the Web

  • Strategies of Connection in a Networked World
  • By: Anne Marie Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1961, Thomas Schelling's The Strategy of Conflict used game theory to radically reenvision the US-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 - US-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.

©2017 Anne-Marie Slaughter (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Networks are becoming more important and deserve more attention in both the theory and practice of foreign policy. Slaughter's exposition is masterful and succinct." (Joseph S. Nye Jr., author of Soft Power)

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Network Thinking for The Geopolitical Class

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Insightful perspective

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Incredibly interesting and relevant

Highly recommend this book. This woman clearly knows her stuff, and with current challenges reaching global levels (climate change, terrorism, water scarcity) this book has come at the right time.