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The Challenging Future of Strategic Planning

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Executive Summary

Strategic planning for American foreign policy is either dead or dying. Or, at least, this is the assessment of mainstream commentators and policymakers in recent years. Strategic planning affects three aspects of foreign policy: the plans, the planning, and the planners. If the policy plans are actually implemented, their effect on foreign affairs is self-evident. Even if they are not implemented, however, the process still matters. Planning is not limited to plans; it is also about the patterns of thinking that best match resources and capabilities to achieving desired policy ends.

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