Discover how strategic theory can be used to navigate the complex and uncertain international security environment that we live in today. Strategy is a central concept in international security, and one that travels across the academic disciplines of politics, international relations and history. By why is it so important? Aaron Edwards unpacks key strategic episodes from world history and politics to help you understand the role of strategy and the scholarly and policy debates surrounding it. Themes covered include: International relations • technology • ethics • irregular war (including counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism and hybrid warfare) • the resurgence of great power rivalries in the early 21st century • the rise of non-state actors Case studies include: Guerrilla warfare and strategy in regions from South East Asia to the Middle East • US nuclear strategy in the Cold War • Russian intervention in Ukraine • British strategy at the end of empire • the UN's role in resolving conflict after the Cold War • US-led coalition strategy in Afghanistan • the challenge posed by Al Qaeda and Islamic State/Daesh ; Aaron Edwards unpacks key strategic episodes from world history and politics to help you understand the role of strategy and the scholarly and policy debates surrounding it: from counter-insurgency to the rise of non-state actors, and from the end of the British empire to Daesh/Islamic State. ; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction; 1. What is Strategy?; 2. Ends and Means in Strategy; 3. The Practical Application of Strategy; 4. Strategy, Ethics and Restraint in War; 5. Strategy and the Utility of Force; 6. The Role of Strategy in Ending Wars and Building Peace; 7. Strategy Redux?; Conclusion; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography. ; PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction What is Strategy? Ends and Means in Strategy The Practical Application of Strategy Strategy, Ethics and Restraint in War Strategy and the Utility of Force The Role of Strategy in Ending Wars and Building Peace Strategy Redux? ConclusionNotesGlossaryBibliography
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'Strategy', a much used, yet misunderstood, and frequently misapplied term in international politics is a theme well worth unpacking and exploring. Strategy in War and Peace offers a clear, accessible and incisive road map through this often foggy terrain.
Aaron Edwards is Senior Lecturer in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is author of Mad Mitch’s Tribal Law: Aden and the End of Empire (Mainstream Publishing, 2014), Defending the Realm? The Politics of Britain’s Small Wars since 1945 (Manchester University Press, 2012), A History of the Northern Ireland Labour Party (Manchester University Press, 2009), co-author (with C. McGrattan) of The Northern Ireland Conflict: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld Publications, 2010) and co-editor (with S. Bloomer) of Transforming the Peace Process in Northern Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2008).