Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies

Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies

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

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 189mm x 246mm x 19mm | 1,017g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199548870
  • ISBN 13: 9780199548873
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 9 bw line
  • Sales rank: 139,125

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Praised for its clear vision, Strategy in the Contemporary World, 3e reflects on recent events and assesses the role of military power in the contemporary world. Taking a functional approach and looking at issues from both times of war and of peace, the text analyses the conflicts themselves as well as what can be learned from them. The new edition covers topics such as intelligence and strategy, strategic studies and its critics, as well as strategy in practice, providing a comprehensive and insightful collection of contributions from a team of leading experts in the field. The book is accompanied by an online resource centre providing additional resources for both students and lecturers. Student resources: Additional case studies including the Iran-Iraq war and the 2006 war in Lebanon Web links Lecturer resources: PowerPoint slides A test bank of multiple choice questions

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The co-editors of Strategy in the Contemporary World, have done it again. As outstanding as their last edition was, the new and improved 3rd edition is even better! The leading textbook on strategic studies is now in a class of its own. It is the gold standard by which all other texts on the subject must now be measured. Rob Huebert, University of Calgary, Canada Building on its established strenghts, this new edition is a comprehensive update on the rapidly evolving world of international affairs. Gathering an impressive list of contributors from the leading edge of their respective fields and a clear, rigorous, and accessible style, this is unquestionably one of the best resources for students working in the areas of strategy, security, and war studies. Stephen McVeigh, University of Wales, Swansea This is now "the" definitive textbook on the subject, and a must-read for students studying strategic studies, security studies, or international relations. It improves on the 2nd edition with insightful chapters on intelligence, practitioner use of strategy, and the critiques that have been made of both strategic and security studies. Robert Dover, Loughborough University This work is a great survey of, and introduction to, the field of strategic studies. It should be required reading for students of international relations and security studies. Mark Clark, California State University, San Bernardino An excellent resource that successfully captures both the enduring and comtemporary challenges of studying strategy in the post 9/11 world. All the topics are presented in a highly accessible form that gets directly to the core issues involved, making it a "must buy" book. Kevin Wright, University of Essex The new edition provides a timely and important collection of interdisciplinary perspectives on the enduring features of war and strategy, as well as the contemporary and future aspects of each. Expert contributions provide important and original insights into the challenges of past and future decision making in war, intelligence, and the policy making process, among other issues. Teachers and students will find this an indispensable reference and a flexible and useful instrument for instruction. Stephen Cimbala, Penn State University

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; 8. Intelligence and Strategy; PART II: CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS; 9. Irregular Warfare: Terrorism and Insurgency; 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. Strategic Studies and its Critics; 18. The Practice of Strategy; 19. The Future of Strategic Studies