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Now Available: Anne-Marie Slaughter on Strategy in a Networked World


“Problems and threats arise because people are too connected, not connected enough, or connected in the wrong ways.” – Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter has re-envisioned strategy for the digital age, advancing the traditional chessboard view of the world of conflict and separation to a web view of the world ­­– comprised of networks and connection.

Her March 2017 book, The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, applies network theory to develop real-world strategies for improving foreign policy, civic activism, business and education. According to Slaughter, strategies of connection can be used to “create networks designed for resilience, replication, innovation, collaboration, and scale.”

Dr. Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America, a public policy institute and idea incubator. The former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department, she has been named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers four years in a row. Her previous books include A New World Order and Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, named one of the best books of 2015 by the Washington Post, the Economist, and NPR.

In her speaking engagements, Slaughter confronts a range of topics, from geopolitics and global challenges, to gender equality and leadership with her dynamic expertise and precision.