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PacNet #37 – Strategic Thinking, Strategic Response

In a recent article, Henry Kissinger suggested that “[the Obama administration] needs to fulfill its vision with a diplomatic plan.” People tend to demand new policies from their government (especially when a new government comes to power). Strategy means being able to see the bigger picture in certain circumstances and to come up with an appropriate plan befitting the situation. Drawing up a big picture involves establishing a goal that you hope to achieve and then anticipating possible challenges. Strategy is a method for achieving long-term goals. Strategy does not consist of the entire sum of one’s position on every individual problem. Short-term plans must be related to long-term objectives, and a response to one situation should be formulated within the context of other situations.