One of the (very few) risks in academic life is that we develop a kind of tunnel vision: spend too long in the silos of our own research, and we can lose track of the bigger picture, neglecting to think about the major issues and debates that drew us into research in the first place. It’s a risk that exists even in a collegiate, policy-focused centre like ICSA. Our answer? The ICSA Grand Strategy Seminar Series. Since January, we’ve been getting together on a regular basis with colleagues from across the Policy Institute to discuss the most pressing issues in international affairs. This week’s topic was America’s future in the world. A few hundred words of blog can’t very well hope to cover everything we discussed in ninety-odd minutes of debate, but I’ve distilled a few key thoughts below. (For a more comprehensive view of our discussions through the year, check out the ICSA website).