Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies

Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies


Edited by John Baylis, Edited by James J. Wirtz, Edited by Eliot A. Cohen, Edited by Colin S. Gray

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 18mm | 953g
  • Publication date: 16 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199289786
  • ISBN 13: 9780199289783
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 3 line drawings, 5 tables
  • Sales rank: 654,345

Product description

The second edition of this successful textbook has been completely revised and updated in light of 9/11. In the aftermath of the attacks, there has been an increased need to address issues of war and peace, particularly terrorism, irregular warfare, the spread of weapons of mass destruction and the revolution in military affairs. The new edition contains a mature set of reflections on the role of military power in the contemporary world. It analyzes recent conflicts from Afghanistan to the Iraq War and looks at the ongoing debates about the lessons that can be learned from these wars. Particular attention is given to the debates about whether there has been a revolution in military affairs given the phenomenal pace of innovation in electronics and computer systems. Its considerable coverage of issues of war and peace makes it the major strategic studies textbook. The book is supported by an Online Resource Centre. Student resources: Web links Multiple Choice Questions Lecturer resources: Additional case studies on different conflicts with video clips Power Point slides Test Bank

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I have had very, very good experiences with your "IR bible" [The Globalization of World Politics by Baylis et al] as well as Strategy in the Contemporary World. I wish all my books were this informative - extremely well written, clearly structured and of high quality! Romain Markwalder, Postgraduate student, King's College, London

Table of contents

Introduction; PART I: ENDURING ISSUES OF STRATEGY; 1. The Causes of War and the Conditions of Peace; 2. The Evolution of Modern Warfare; 3. Strategic Theory; 4. Strategic Culture; 5. Law, Politics and the Use of Force; 6. Geography and Strategy; 7. Technology and Warfare; PART II: CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS; 8. Irregular Warfare: Terrorism and Insurgency; 9. Strategy for a New World: Combating Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime; 10. The Second Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-First Century; 11. The Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction; 12. Conventional Power and Contemporary Warfare; 13. Iraq, Afghanistan and American Military Transformation; 14. Homeland Security: A New Strategic Paradigm; 15. Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operations; PART III: THE FUTURE OF STRATEGY; 16. A New Agenda for Security and Strategy?; 17. The Future of Strategic Studies