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Strategy in the Contemporary World [Paperback]

John Baylis , James J. Wirtz , Colin S. Gray

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6 Dec 2012
Strategy in the Contemporary World looks at the development of strategy, considering the role of military power in the contemporary world, and assessing the future of strategy in light of fast-paced technological change.

The fourth edition looks at issues from both times of war and of peace, analysing both conflicts themselves, and the on-going debates about what can be learned from them. A new chapter on cyberpower reflects growing debates about whether there has been a revolution in military affairs and the future of warfare given the phenomenal pace of innovation in electronics and computer systems, while there is also a new focus on the strategic implications of a changing world order. The new edition also includes more material on the transition from war to peace, and looks at arms control and deterrence, considering in particular the growing tension between Iran and the West over its nuclear weapons programme.


The new edition sees substantial updating throughout, prefaced by a rewritten introduction, and provides a comprehensive and insightful collection of contributions from a team of leading experts in the field.

The book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre providing additional resources for both students and lecturers.
Student resources:
Additional case studies including the Iran-Iraq war and the 2006 war in Lebanon
Web links

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PowerPoint slides

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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. He has published more than twenty books and over a hundred chapters and articles. His books include Anglo-American Defence Relations 1939-1984 (Macmillan, 1984), Anglo-American Relations since 1939: The Enduring Alliance (Manchester University Press, 1997), 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 (5th Edition, OUP, 2010); and An Introduction to Global Politics, with Steven Lamy, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (OUP, 2010). He has a BA, MSc (Econ), PhD and D.Litt., from Swansea 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).

Colin S. Gray is Professor of International Politics and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading. He worked for many years in the United States as well as in Britain, and has long been an adviser to the US and British Governments. The subjects of his professional concerns and writings span most of the domain of strategy. His 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); (with John Andreas Olsen) eds., The Practice of Strategy: From Alexander the Great to the Present (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011); and War, Peace, and International Relations: An Introduction to Strategic History, 2nd edn (Abingdon: Routledge, 2011). His next book will be Airpower for Strategic Effect (London: C. Hurst; New York, Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2012).

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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 1 May 2014
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Outstanding analysis of modern issues regarding grand strategy development. This shold be required reading for anyone involved in policy-making at the national level, whether military, diplomatic, economic, or all of the above.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strategy in the Contemporary World 21 May 2013
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I have only partially read it, but it is very good and informative. Recommended for defence studies and international politics.
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