Strategy in the Contemporary World

Strategy in the Contemporary World


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

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 244mm x 24mm | 798g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199694788
  • ISBN 13: 9780199694785
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 9 bw line
  • Sales rank: 64,028

Product description

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 looks at 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. 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

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Author information

Colin S. Gray is Professor of International Politics and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading. He worked for many years in the United States as well as in Britain, and has long been an adviser to the US and British Governments. The subjects of his professional concerns and writings span most of the domain of strategy. His books include Modern Strategy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999); Another Bloody Century: Future Warfare (London: Phoenix, 2006); The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010); (with John Andreas Olsen) eds., The Practice of Strategy: From Alexander the Great to the Present (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011); and War, Peace, and International Relations: An Introduction to Strategic History, 2nd edn (Abingdon: Routledge, 2011). His next book will be Airpower for Strategic Effect (London: C. Hurst; New York, Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2012).

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, Afganistan and American Military Transformation ; 14. Homeland Security: A New Strategic Paradigm? ; 15. Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operations ; 16. The Rise of Cyberpower ; PART III: THE FUTURE OF STRATEGY ; 17. A New Agenda for Security and Strategy? ; 18. Strategic Studies and its Critics ; 19. The Practice of Strategy ; 20. Does Strategic Studies have a Future?