Strategy in the Contemporary World An Introduction to Strategic Studies

ISBN-10: 0199289786
ISBN-13: 9780199289783
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

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

Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of international relations at Boston University where he also serves as director of the university's Center for International Relations. He is the author of The Pentomic Era: The U.S. Army Between Korea and Vietnam.Eliot Cohen is professor of strategic studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, where he is also the founding director of the Center for Strategic Education. He is the coauthor of Revolution in Warfare?: Air Power in the Persian Gulf.

Colin S. Gray is professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading. He has published 20 books and innumerable journal articles.

Guided Tour of Learning Features
Guided Tour of the Online Resource Centre
Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
What is Strategic Studies?
Strategic Studies and the Classical Realist Tradition
What Criticisms are made of Strategic Studies?
What is the Relationship between Strategic Studies and Security Studies?
Further Reading
Enduring Issues of Strategy
The Causes of War and the Conditions of Peace
Introduction
The Study of War
Human Nature Explanations of War
Wars 'Within' and 'Beyond' States
Conclusion
Questions
Further Reading
The Evolution of Modern Warfare
The Napoleonic Legacy
The Industrialization of War
Naval Warfare
Total War
Nuclear Weapons and Revolutionary Warfare
Postmodern War
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Strategic Theory
Introduction
The Logic of Strategy
Clausewitz's On War
Sun Tzu's Art of War
The Enduring Relevance of Strategy
Conclusion
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Strategic Culture
Introduction
Thinking about Culture and Security
Political Culture
Strategic Culture and Nuclear Deterrence
Sources of Strategic Culture
Constructivism and Strategic Culture
Continuing Issues and Future Questions
Conclusion
Questions
Web Links
Law, Politics, and the Use of Force
The Efficacy of International Law
Why States Obey the Law
International Law and the Use of Force
Jus ad Bellum
Jus in Bello
Conclusion
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Geography and Strategy
Introduction: The Lay of the Land
Land Warfare: The Quest for Victory
Maritime Strategy
Airpower
The Final Frontier: Space War
War by Other Means: Cyberspace
Questions
Further Reading
Technology and Warfare
Technophiles and Technophobes
Some Ways of Thinking about Military Technology
Mapping Military Technology
The Revolution in Military Affairs Debate
Challenges of the New Technology
The Future of Military Technology
Questions
Further Reading
Contemporary Problems
Irregular Warfare: Terrorism and Insurgency
Introduction
Definitions
Subverting the System
Protecting the System
Bringing the System Down or Thriving on its Margins?
Technology
Conclusion
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Strategy for a New World: Combating Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime
Introduction
The Evolution and Nature of the Threat
Strategies to Combat Organized Crime and Terrorism
Combating Terrorist Networks
Conclusions
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
The Second Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-first Century
Introduction
The First Nuclear Age
Risks in the Second Nuclear Age
Adapting to the Second Nuclear Age
Conclusion
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
The Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Introduction
Arms Control during the Cold War
Arms Control and the 'Long Peace'
The Residual Role of Arms Control in the Post-Cold War Era
Post-Cold War WMD Proliferation: Strategic Responses
Strategic Response in Operation
Analysis and Assessment
Conclusions
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Conventional Power and Contemporary Warfare
Power and War: A History
New World Orders: 1945, 1989, 2001
Power and Hyperpower
Military Affairs: Revolution and Counter-Revolution
Arts of War
Military Balances
War, What is it good for?
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Iraq, Afghanistan, and American Military Transformation
Introduction
Afghanistan and the Transformation Thesis
Iraq and the Transformation Thesis
An Alternative View
Conclusion
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Homeland Security: A New Strategic Paradigm
Introduction
A New Threat?
Communications and the Frequency of Terror
What Should Preparations Look Like: Dealing with the Small-N Problem
What is the United States Preparing for?
Conclusions
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operations
Introduction
From Peacekeeping to Peace Operations
Intervention Failures
The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention
The Military Character of Peace Operations
Conclusion: Problems and Prospects
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
The Future of Strategy
A New Agenda for Security and Strategy?
Introduction
The Need for a Conceptual Framework
Population: The Demographics of Global Politics
Commons Issues
Direct Environmental Damage
Disease
Sensitivity and Vulnerability
Conclusion
Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
The Future of Strategic Studies
The Development of Strategic Studies
In and Out of the Cold War
The Academic and Policy Worlds
The Study of Strategy
Realism: Old and New
The Study of Armed Force
Conclusion
Questions
Further Reading
Notes
References
Index

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