Strategy in the Contemporary World An Introduction to Strategic Studies

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2007-01-16
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Completely revised and updated to address changes that have taken place since 9/11, the second edition of this compelling collection takes a sophisticated look at the role of military power in the contemporary world. In this essential resource, the authors analyze recent conflicts from Afghanistan to the Iraq War, considering the ongoing debates on the lessons that can be learned from these wars. In addition, they examine the controversy surrounding the recent revolution in military affairs--a transformation that has been brought about in response to the phenomenal pace of innovation in electronics and computer systems.

Table of Contents

Guided Tour of Learning Featuresp. xiv
Guided Tour of the Online Resource Centrep. xvi
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
List of Contributorsp. xix
Preface to the Second Editionp. xxii
Introductionp. 1
What is Strategic Studies?p. 4
Strategic Studies and the Classical Realist Traditionp. 7
What Criticisms are made of Strategic Studies?p. 9
What is the Relationship between Strategic Studies and Security Studies?p. 12
Further Readingp. 14
Enduring Issues of Strategyp. 17
The Causes of War and the Conditions of Peacep. 19
Introductionp. 20
The Study of Warp. 21
Human Nature Explanations of Warp. 28
Wars 'Within' and 'Beyond' Statesp. 35
Conclusionp. 38
Questionsp. 39
Further Readingp. 40
The Evolution of Modern Warfarep. 42
The Napoleonic Legacyp. 43
The Industrialization of Warp. 48
Naval Warfarep. 51
Total Warp. 54
Nuclear Weapons and Revolutionary Warfarep. 59
Postmodern Warp. 61
Questionsp. 63
Further Readingp. 64
Web Linksp. 65
Strategic Theoryp. 66
Introductionp. 67
The Logic of Strategyp. 68
Clausewitz's On Warp. 71
Sun Tzu's Art of Warp. 76
The Enduring Relevance of Strategyp. 78
Conclusionp. 80
Questionsp. 80
Further Readingp. 80
Web Linksp. 81
Strategic Culturep. 82
Introductionp. 83
Thinking about Culture and Securityp. 83
Political Culturep. 84
Strategic Culture and Nuclear Deterrencep. 85
Sources of Strategic Culturep. 86
Constructivism and Strategic Culturep. 89
Continuing Issues and Future Questionsp. 92
Conclusionp. 98
Questionsp. 99
Web Linksp. 99
Law, Politics, and the Use of Forcep. 101
The Efficacy of International Lawp. 102
Why States Obey the Lawp. 104
International Law and the Use of Forcep. 108
Jus ad Bellump. 111
Jus in Bellop. 115
Conclusionp. 119
Questionsp. 119
Further Readingp. 120
Web Linksp. 121
Geography and Strategyp. 122
Introduction: The Lay of the Landp. 123
Land Warfare: The Quest for Victoryp. 124
Maritime Strategyp. 129
Airpowerp. 132
The Final Frontier: Space Warp. 136
War by Other Means: Cyberspacep. 138
Questionsp. 139
Further Readingp. 140
Technology and Warfarep. 141
Technophiles and Technophobesp. 142
Some Ways of Thinking about Military Technologyp. 142
Mapping Military Technologyp. 146
The Revolution in Military Affairs Debatep. 148
Challenges of the New Technologyp. 155
The Future of Military Technologyp. 157
Questionsp. 158
Further Readingp. 159
Contemporary Problemsp. 161
Irregular Warfare: Terrorism and Insurgencyp. 163
Introductionp. 164
Definitionsp. 164
Subverting the Systemp. 167
Protecting the Systemp. 176
Bringing the System Down or Thriving on its Margins?p. 183
Technologyp. 185
Conclusionp. 186
Questionsp. 187
Further Readingp. 188
Web Linksp. 190
Strategy for a New World: Combating Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crimep. 192
Introductionp. 193
The Evolution and Nature of the Threatp. 194
Strategies to Combat Organized Crime and Terrorismp. 202
Combating Terrorist Networksp. 203
Conclusionsp. 206
Questionsp. 207
Further Readingp. 208
Web Linksp. 208
The Second Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 209
Introductionp. 210
The First Nuclear Agep. 211
Risks in the Second Nuclear Agep. 214
Adapting to the Second Nuclear Agep. 220
Conclusionp. 225
Questionsp. 226
Further Readingp. 227
Web Linksp. 227
The Control of Weapons of Mass Destructionp. 228
Introductionp. 229
Arms Control during the Cold Warp. 230
Arms Control and the 'Long Peace'p. 233
The Residual Role of Arms Control in the Post-Cold War Erap. 236
Post-Cold War WMD Proliferation: Strategic Responsesp. 239
Strategic Response in Operationp. 243
Analysis and Assessmentp. 247
Conclusionsp. 248
Questionsp. 250
Further Readingp. 250
Web Linksp. 252
Conventional Power and Contemporary Warfarep. 253
Power and War: A Historyp. 254
New World Orders: 1945, 1989, 2001p. 256
Power and Hyperpowerp. 258
Military Affairs: Revolution and Counter-Revolutionp. 260
Arts of Warp. 263
Military Balancesp. 265
War, What is it good for?p. 268
Questionsp. 271
Further Readingp. 271
Web Linksp. 272
Iraq, Afghanistan, and American Military Transformationp. 274
Introductionp. 275
Afghanistan and the Transformation Thesisp. 276
Iraq and the Transformation Thesisp. 282
An Alternative Viewp. 287
Conclusionp. 291
Questionsp. 292
Further Readingp. 293
Web Linksp. 294
Homeland Security: A New Strategic Paradigmp. 295
Introductionp. 296
A New Threat?p. 296
Communications and the Frequency of Terrorp. 299
What Should Preparations Look Like: Dealing with the Small-N Problemp. 301
What is the United States Preparing for?p. 303
Conclusionsp. 309
Questionsp. 311
Further Readingp. 311
Web Linksp. 312
Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operationsp. 313
Introductionp. 314
From Peacekeeping to Peace Operationsp. 315
Intervention Failuresp. 318
The Politics of Humanitarian Interventionp. 322
The Military Character of Peace Operationsp. 326
Conclusion: Problems and Prospectsp. 330
Questionsp. 332
Further Readingp. 333
Web Linksp. 334
The Future of Strategyp. 335
A New Agenda for Security and Strategy?p. 337
Introductionp. 338
The Need for a Conceptual Frameworkp. 339
Population: The Demographics of Global Politicsp. 341
Commons Issuesp. 343
Direct Environmental Damagep. 346
Diseasep. 348
Sensitivity and Vulnerabilityp. 352
Conclusionp. 353
Questionsp. 354
Further Readingp. 354
Web Linksp. 355
The Future of Strategic Studiesp. 356
The Development of Strategic Studiesp. 357
In and Out of the Cold Warp. 358
The Academic and Policy Worldsp. 360
The Study of Strategyp. 363
Realism: Old and Newp. 365
The Study of Armed Forcep. 366
Conclusionp. 368
Questionsp. 369
Further Readingp. 369
Notesp. 371
Referencesp. 373
Indexp. 385
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