Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies / Edition 3

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The most comprehensive analysis of strategic studies available, Strategy in the Contemporary World, Third Edition, reflects upon recent events and assesses the role of military power in the contemporary world. Taking a functional approach and looking at issues from both times of war and of peace, editors John Baylis, James J. Wirtz, and Colin S. Gray analyze the conflicts themselves--as well as what can be learned from them.

This new edition covers topics such as intelligence and strategy, strategic studies and its critics, as well as strategy in practice, providing a comprehensive and insightful collection of contributions from a team of leading experts in the field.


• Provides a more comprehensive analysis of strategic studies than any other text in its market

• Brings together contributions from international experts

• Incorporates excellent learning features throughout, including readers' guides, key points, questions, suggestions for further reading, and boxes

• Accompanied by a comprehensive Companion Website ( with case studies, weblinks, PowerPoint lecture slides, and a (password-protected) Test Bank of multiple choice questions


• Expanded coverage of key issues such as intelligence, critics of strategic studies, and strategy in practice

• New chapters on intelligence and strategy, strategic studies and its critics, and the practice of strategy

• New case studies for the online resource centre, including a case on the 2006 war in Lebanon and a case on the Gaza conflict

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"One of the best strategic studies texts available. An essential tool for all instructors who want their students to understand the modern international system."--Rob Huebert, University of Calgary

"This is a realistic, reasoned, and critical assessment of the core issues affecting the use of military force in the 21st century. It deals extensively with such issues as the controversy surrounding the 'revolution in military affairs,' the limitations of conventional military power, the increased importance of militarized non-state actors, peace-keeping operations, and the experience of Afghanistan and Iraq."--Philip A. Schrodt, University of Kansas

"A timely and essential contribution to our understanding of international politics and military force in the post-9/11 world. A vital resource for students of international affairs, strategy, and security studies."--Regina Karp, Old Dominion University

"An excellent introduction to the fields of strategic studies and international security. The breadth and focus of the chapters reflect the continuing transition from traditional paradigms of conflict between and within states to the uncertain and rapidly evolving post-9/11 global security environment."--Fred Wehling, Monterey Institute of International Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199548873
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

* New to this Edition

Introduction, John Baylis and James J. Wirtz

1. The Causes of War and the Conditions of Peace, John Garnett
2. The Evolution of Modern Warfare, Michael Sheehan
3. Strategic Theory, Thomas G. Mahnken
4. Strategic Culture, Jeffrey S. Lantis and Darryl Howlett
5. Law, Politics, and the Use of Force, Justin Morris
6. Geography and Strategy, Daniel Moran
7. Technology and Warfare, Eliot Cohen

• 8. Intelligence and Strategy, Roger George

9. Irregular Warfare: Terrorism and Insurgency, James D. Kiras
10. The Second Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-First Century, C. Dale Walton
11. The Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction, John Baylis and Mark Smith
12. Conventional Power and Contemporary Warfare, John Ferris
13. Iraq, Afghanistan, and American Military Transformation, Stephen Biddle
14. Homeland Security: A New Strategic Paradigm, Jacob N. Shapiro and Rudolph Darken
15. Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operations, Theo Farrell

16. A New Agenda for Security and Strategy?, James J. Wirtz

• 17. Strategic Studies and its Critics, Columba Peoples

• 18. The Practice of Strategy, Colin S. Gray and Jeannie L. Johnson
19. Does Strategic Studies Have a Future? Lawrence Freedman

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