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Military Strategy and Operational Art: Military Strategy and Operational Art

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The Ashgate Series on Military Strategy and Operational Art analyzes and assesses the synergistic interrelationship between joint and combined military operations, national military strategy, grand strategy, and national political objectives in peacetime, as well as during periods of armed conflict. In doing so, the series highlights how various patterns of civil-military relations, as well as styles of political and military leadership influence the outcome of armed conflicts. In addition, the series highlights both the advantages and challenges associated with the joint and combined use of military forces involved in humanitarian relief, nation building, and peacekeeping operations, as well as across the spectrum of conflict extending from limited conflicts fought for limited political objectives to total war fought for unlimited objectives. Finally, the series highlights the complexity and challenges associated with insurgency and counter-insurgency operations, as well as conventional operations and operations involving the possible use of weapons of mass destruction. Scholars and practitioners in the fields of politico-military history, international relations, and national security policy are invited to contribute to this new series as well as faculty at senior and intermediate level service schools involved in professional military education.

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Confrontation, Strategy and War Termination Britain's Conflict with Indonesia

Confrontation, Strategy and War Termination: Britain's Conflict with Indonesia

1st Edition

By Christopher Tuck
February 18, 2013

At the heart of this book is the problem of war termination. Britain won an almost unbroken string of tactical military victories during an undeclared war against the Republic of Indonesia in the 1960s, yet it proved difficult to translate this into strategic success. Using conflict termination ...

Inside Cambodian Insurgency A Sociological Perspective on Civil Wars and Conflict

Inside Cambodian Insurgency: A Sociological Perspective on Civil Wars and Conflict

1st Edition

By Daniel Bultmann
February 13, 2015

There are many different types of power practice directed towards making soldiers obedient and disciplined inside the field of insurgency. While some commanders punish by inflicting physical pain, others use re-educative methods. While some prepare soldiers by using close-knit combat simulations, ...

Britain and the War on Terror Policy, Strategy and Operations

Britain and the War on Terror: Policy, Strategy and Operations

1st Edition

By Warren Chin
July 22, 2013

Why did Britain come to play such a prominent role in the war on terror and why did the military instrument come to be the dominant theme in the British prosecution of what was an ideological and political struggle? This book is an analysis of Britain’s war against Al Qaeda and the phenomenon of ...

British Generals in Blair's Wars

British Generals in Blair's Wars

1st Edition

By Jonathan Bailey, Richard Iron
August 16, 2013

British Generals in Blair's Wars is based on a series of high profile seminars held in Oxford in which senior British officers, predominantly from the army, reflect on their experience of campaigning. The chapters embrace all the UK's major operations since the end of the Cold War, but they focus ...

Russian Civil-Military Relations

Russian Civil-Military Relations

1st Edition

By Robert Brannon
March 28, 2009

Putin's style of leadership has transitioned into another era but there is much still inherited from the past. In the often anarchic environment of the 1990s, the nascent Russian Federation experienced misunderstandings and mis-steps in civil-military relations. Under Boris Yeltsin it has been ...

Air Power in UN Operations Wings for Peace

Air Power in UN Operations: Wings for Peace

1st Edition

By A. Walter Dorn
August 06, 2014

Air power for warfighting is a story that's been told many times. Air power for peacekeeping and UN enforcement is a story that desperately needs to be told. For the first-time, this volume covers the fascinating range of aerial peace functions. In rich detail it describes: aircraft transporting ...

The Failure to Prevent World War I The Unexpected Armageddon

The Failure to Prevent World War I: The Unexpected Armageddon

1st Edition

By Hall Gardner
February 06, 2015

World War I represents one of the most studied, yet least understood, systemic conflicts in modern history. At the time, it was a major power war that was largely unexpected. This book refines and expands points made in the author’s earlier work on the failure to prevent World War I. It provides...

The Transformation of Italian Armed Forces in Comparative Perspective Adapt, Improvise, Overcome?

The Transformation of Italian Armed Forces in Comparative Perspective: Adapt, Improvise, Overcome?

1st Edition

By Fabrizio Coticchia, Francesco N. Moro
July 21, 2015

European armed forces have undergone deep changes in the past two decades. Given the breadth of the debate and the size of transformations that took place, it is somewhat surprising that relatively few academic studies have directly dealt with changes in force structure of European militaries, and ...

The Powell Doctrine and US Foreign Policy

The Powell Doctrine and US Foreign Policy

1st Edition

By Luke Middup
April 10, 2015

The Vietnam War is one of the longest and most controversial in US history. This book seeks to explore what lessons the US military took from that conflict as to how and when it was appropriate for the United States to use the enormous military force at its disposal and how these lessons have come ...

Understanding Civil-Military Interaction Lessons Learned from the Norwegian Model

Understanding Civil-Military Interaction: Lessons Learned from the Norwegian Model

1st Edition

By Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv
March 26, 2014

A novel examination of civil-military interaction in particular between militaries and humanitarian actors, in light of the so-called 'Norwegian model' that espouses a clear divide between political and humanitarian (or military and civilian - the model is in fact unclear) actors, while maintaining...

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