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Strategy in the Contemporary World


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1: John Baylis and James J. Wirtz: Introduction: Strategy in the Contemporary World: Strategy after 9/11Part I: Enduring Issues of Strategy 2: Beatrice Heuser: The History of the Practice of Strategy from Antiquity to Napoleon 3: Michael Sheehan: The Evolution of Modern Warfare 4: Thomas G. Mahnken: Strategic Theory 5: John Garnett and John Baylis: The Causes of War and the Conditions of Peace 6: Jeffrey S. Lantis and Darryl Howlett: Strategic Culture 7: Justin Morris: Law, Politics, and the Use of Force 8: Eliot A. Cohen: Technology and Warfare 9: Roger Z. George: Intelligence and Strategy 10: Colin S. Gray: Strategy and Defence PlanningPart II: Contemporary Problems 11: James D. Kiras: Irregular Warfare: Terrorism and Insurgency 12: C. Dale Walton: The Second Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-first Century 13: John Baylis: The Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction 14: John Ferris: Conventional Power and Contemporary Warfare 15: Daniel Moran: Geography and Strategy 16: Sheena Chestnut Greitens: Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operations 17: John B. Sheldon: The Rise of Cyberpower 18: Stefanie Ortmann and Nick Whittaker: Geopolitics and Grand StrategyPart III: The Future of Strategy 19: Amitav Acharya and Jiajie He: Strategic Studies: The West and the Rest 20: Columba Peoples: Strategic Studies and its Critics 21: James J. Wirtz: A New Agenda for Security and Strategy? 22: Colin S. Gray and Jeannie L. Johnson: The Practice of Strategy 23: Lawrence Freedman: Does Strategic Studies Have a Future?

About the Author

John Baylis is Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations and a former Pro-Vice Chancellor at Swansea University. His books include Anglo-American Defence Relations 1939-1984 (Macmillan, 1984); Alternative Nuclear Futures: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold War World, with Robert O'Neill (OUP, 2000); The Makers of Nuclear Strategy, with John Garnett (Pinter,1991); The Globalization of World Politics, with Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (7th Edition, OUP, 2017); An Introduction to Global Politics, with Steven Lamy, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (4th. Edition, OUP, 2016); and The British Nuclear Experience: The Role of Beliefs, Culture and Identity, with Kristan Stoddart (OUP, 2015). He is currently working on Wales and the Bomb: The Role of Welsh Scientists and Engineers in the Development of British Nuclear Weapons to be published by the University of Wales Press in 2018. James J. Wirtz is the Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He is the co-editor of Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies 5th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2018) and the author of Understanding Intelligence Failure: Warning response and deterrence (Routledge 2017). Colin S. Gray is Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Reading. He has advised the American and British Governments for many years. Among his books are a trilogy on strategy with Oxford University Press: The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice 2010); Perspectives on Strategy (2013); and Strategy and Defence Planning: Meeting the Challenge of Uncertainty (2014).


"The new chapter on non-Western perspectives provides a much-needed critique of the western centricity of strategic studies, [...] whilst also reflecting on the implications of deepening and broadening strategic studies in a clear and convincing way. A welcome addition to the textbook." - Dr Rhys Crilley, The Open University

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