Grand Strategy — CANVAS

Grand Strategy

Grand Strategy

“The broadest conception of how an objective is to be attained in a conflict by a chosen course of action.”

CANVAS Core Curriculum (2007: 87 & 273), adapted from Gene Sharp, Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential, (Boston, MA: Porter Sargent Publishers), 2005, pp. 543- 552

The grand strategy addresses what form of action will be used in the struggle, and it also addresses the coordination, allocation, and timing of distribution for all resources (human, political, economic, time, etc.) of a movement so that it can attain its objectives in a conflict. Several limited campaigns may be applied within a grand strategy to achieve particular objectives in subordinate phases of the overall struggle.

The Grand Strategy is at the top level of the strategic planning pyramid, and forms the basis of subsequent campaigns, tactics and methods.