Strategy in the Contemporary World

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-02-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Strategy in the Contemporary World looks at the development of strategy, considering the role of military power in the contemporary world, and assessing the future of strategy in light of fast-paced technological change. The fourth edition explores issues from both times of war and of peace, analysing both conflicts themselves, and the on-going debates about what can be learned from them. A new chapter on cyberpower reflects growing debates about whether there has been a revolution in military affairs and the future of warfare given the phenomenal pace of innovation in electronics and computer systems, while there is also a new focus on the strategic implications of a changing world order. The new edition also includes more material on the transition from war to peace, and looks at arms control and deterrence, considering in particular the growing tension between Iran and the West over its nuclear weapons programme. The new edition sees substantial updating throughout, prefaced by a rewritten introduction, and provides a comprehensive and insightful collection of contributions from a team of leading experts in the field.

Author Biography

John Baylis is Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations and former Pro-Vice Chancellor at Swansea University. He is coauthor of Introduction to Global Politics, Second Edition, (OUP, 2012) and coeditor of The Globalization of World Politics, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2011).

James J. Wirtz is Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He is coeditor of Over the Horizon Proliferation Threats (2012).

Colin S. Gray is Professor of International Politics and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading. He is the author of Airpower for Strategic Effect (2012) and The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice (OUP, 2011).

Table of Contents

Introduction, John Baylis & James J. Wirtz
1. The Causes of War and the Conditions of Peace, John Garnett
2. The Evolution of Modern Warfare, Michael Sheehan
3. Strategic Theory, Thomas G. Mahnken
4. Strategic Culture, Jeffrey S. Lantis and Darryl A. Howlett
5. Law, Politics and the Use of Force, Justin Morris
6. Geography and Strategy, Daniel Moran
7. Technology and Warfare, Eliot Cohen
8. Intelligence and Strategy, Roger George
9. Irregular Warfare: Terrorism and Insurgency, James D. Kiras
10. The Second Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-First Century, C. Dale Walton
11. The Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction, John Baylis
12. Conventional Power and Contemporary Warfare, John Ferris
13. Iraq, Afganistan and American Military Transformation, Stephen Biddle
14. Homeland Security: A New Strategic Paradigm, Jacob N. Shapiro & Rudolph P. Darken
15. Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operations, Theo Farrell & Sheena Chestnut Greitens
16. The Rise of Cyberpower, John Sheldon
17. A New Agenda for Security and Strategy?, James J. Wirtz
18. Strategic Studies and its Critics, Columba Peoples
19. The Practice of Strategy, Colin S. Gray and Jeannie Johnson
20. The Future of Strategic Studies, Lawrence Freedman

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