Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies

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John Baylis, James J. Wirtz, Colin S. Gray
Oxford University Press, 2016 - Military police - 429 pages
Strategy in the Contemporary World brings together world leading experts to provide a comprehensive introduction to the role of military power in today's world. The definitive textbook on the subject, the fifth edition explores both the enduring and historical issues which have shaped the study of strategy and the contemporary issues that dominate today's headlines.The new edition has been substantially updated to reflect the changing structure of global politics and rapid technological developments, with the inclusion of four brand new chapters: History of the Practice of Strategy, Geopolitics and Grand Strategy, Strategy and Defence Planning, and Theory and Practice of Continental Warfare.

The team of leading contributors expose readers to a diversity of perspectives and voices, and in each chapter a debate box is employed to explore the opposing arguments around key controversies.

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Part I Enduring Issues of Strategy
Part II Contemporary Problems
Part III The Future of Strategy

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About the author (2016)

John Baylis is Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations and a former Pro-Vice Chancellor at Swansea University. Prior to that he had been Professor of International Politics and Dean of Social Sciences at Aberystwyth University. His books include Anglo-American DefenceRelations 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 (5thEdition, OUP, 2014); An Introduction to Global Politics, with Steven Lamy, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (2nd. Edition, OUP, 2013); and The British Nuclear Experience: The Role of Beliefs, Culture and Identity, with Kristan Stoddart (OUP, 2015). He has a BA, MSc (Econ), PhD and D.Litt., fromSwansea and Aberystwyth Universities. James J. Wirtz is the Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He is the co-editor of Over The Horizon Proliferation Threats (Stanford University Press, 2012) and Intelligence: The Secret World ofSpies 4th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2014). He received his BA and MA from the University of Delaware and his MPhil and PhD from Columbia University. Colin S. Gray is Professor Emeritus of Strategic Studies at the University of Reading. He had a Presidential Appointment for 5 years in theReagan Administration and has long been an adviser to the US and British governments. His professional concerns and writings span most domains of strategy. His 28 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); War, Peace and International Relations: An Introduction to Strategic History, 2nd edn. (Abingdon: Routledge, 2011); and Airpower for Strategic Effect (Maxwell AFB: Air University Press, 2012). He completed his Bridgetrilogy with Perspectives on Strategy, (2013) and Strategy and Defence Planning (2014). Currently he is working primarily on Special Operations for SOCOM (Special Operations Command).

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