Policy and Strategy takes place in November and December of each year, generally the last week of November and the first two weeks of December. Applications need to be received by mid September.
Making Policy and Strategy aims to enable students to analyse and apply the factors that shape the international system and how these factors ultimately affect the UK security context. The whole stage covers 4 consecutive weeks and breaks down into the following week-long study elements: Strategy in Theory and Practice; International Law and Ethics; UK Governance, Foreign Policy and Decision-making; UK Defence Policy. What are Policy and Strategy; What is Strategy and why is it so difficult?; Cultures of Security; Challenges and Constraints on Strategy in the 21st Century. The 3 week long stage is broken down into 4 themes.
Theme 1 – What are Policy and Strategy. What are policy and strategy; how are they made and what is the relationship between them? The aim of the theme is for students to understand how policy is made and the implications of different political systems, and to understand the key drivers of UK security policy.
Theme 2 – What is strategy and why is it so difficult? The aim of the theme is for students to introduce students to theoretical and conceptual approaches to strategic studies.
Theme 3 – Cultures of Security. The aim of the theme is for students to understand different perspectives on how culture influences strategy.
Theme 4 – Challenges and constraints on 21st Century Strategy. The aim of the theme is for students to identify and examine the key challenges and constraints on implementation of strategy in the 21st century.
The stage is delivered through a series of lectures by academics, senior military and civil-service personnel and internationally recognised legal experts, supported by syndicate room activity, student debates and a strategy to policy deterrence case-study exercise.