Shawn Brimley

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Shawn Brimley is Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michelle Flournoy, in the Obama Administration. He and Flournoy previously worked at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he held the 1LT Andrew J. Bacevich, Jr., USA Fellowship, from the Truman National Security Project. He was the 2007-2008 holder and inaugural recipient of the Fellowship, created in honor of the son of Andrew Bacevich, who was killed in action.

Before CNAS, he was a Research Associate in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Grand strategic view

He has written that the world strategic system is in a third evolutionary "turn". [1]

  • shift away from a world of competing great powers before the Second World War toward a global environment defined by the contest between the United States and the Soviet Union (1945-1949) defining a bipolar world
  • period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1991 Gulf War constitutes the second turn, with the move to unipolarity
  • slow and gradual shift from a unipolar to a complex multipolar world, with the U.S. losing dominance
  • Shawn Brimley (Winter 2008), "Crafting Strategy in an Age of Transition", Parameters