The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies Presents:

What Was U.S. Grand Strategy in World War II?

with Phillips O’Brien,

Professor of Strategic Studies, University of St. Andrews

Hosted by Stephen Biddle, Professor of International and Public Affairs, SIPA; and Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations


Phillips O’Brien is a Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Born and raised in Boston, he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut before working on Wall Street for two years. He earned a Ph.D. in British and American politics and naval policy before being selected as a Cambridge University Mellon Research Fellow in American History, and a Drapers Research Fellow at Pembroke College. Formerly at the University of Glasgow, he moved to St. Andrews in 2016. O’Brien has published a range of works on British and American strategic and political history during the first half of the twentieth century. More recently, he has taken a leading role as a commentator on defense issues and the debate over Scottish Independence. He has testified in front of U.K. parliamentary committees, and advised major European governments on the course of the campaign. Through this work he has gained media experience, appearing as a regular commentator for the BBC and STV, and publishing opinion pieces in the Scotsman and the Scottish Herald. O’Brien has received awards or research fellowships from the Carnegie Foundation, the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, and the Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt Presidential libraries. He has been invited to Japan twice to speak on World War II at the National Institute of Defense Studies (Tokyo).

This event will take place virtually over Zoom