Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies

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9780198782735: Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies

Strategy in the Contemporary World focuses on the traditional and contemporary uses of organized force for political ends. It brings together major scholars in the field and deals with both the theory and practice of strategy. Highlighting the continuing relevance of both traditional and new thinking about strategy, the text helps to clarify the complex issues of war and peace at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
The editors' introduction emphasizes the central unifying theme of the book: the historical and continuing role of military power in support of political ends. Four broad sections cover: the evolution of strategic thought; the theory and practice of land, sea, and air power; a range of new and adapted theories about peace and security that were developed during the Cold War; and developments in strategic thinking and practice that have taken place since the end of the Cold War, including Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), Information (Cyber) Warfare, and Space Warfare.
Strategy in the Contemporary World concludes with a return to some of the themes identified in the introduction and a discussion of the future direction of strategic studies. This carefully edited textbook offers an accessible and engaging introduction to strategic studies for all students of politics and international relations.

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John Baylis is Professor of International Politics and Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Eliot Cohen is Director of the Center for Strategic Education in the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington D.C. Colin S. Gray is Professor of International Politics and Strategic Studies and Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Reading. James Wirtz teaches at the Postgraduate Naval College at Monterey, California.

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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

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