1st Edition

Military Strategy in the 21st Century

Edited By Kersti Larsdotter Copyright 2020
    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    Military Strategy in the 21st Century explores military strategy and the new challenges facing Western democracies in the twenty- first century, including strategy in cyber operations and peacekeeping, challenges for civil-military relations, and the strategic choices of great powers and small states.

    The volume contributes to a better understanding of military strategy in the twenty- first century, through exploring strategy from three perspectives: first, the study of strategy, and how our understanding of strategy has changed over time; second, new areas for strategic theory, such as peacekeeping and cyberspace; and third, the makers of strategy, and why states choose suboptimal strategies.

    With the increasing number of threats challenging strategy makers, such as great power rivalry, terrorism, intrastate wars, and transnational criminal organisations, Military Strategy in the 21st Century will be of great value to scholars of IR, Security Studies, Strategic Studies, and War Studies as well as policymakers and practitioners working with military strategy in particular and international security and war in general. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Strategic Studies.

    1. Military strategy in the 21st century

    Kersti Larsdotter

    2. Strategy in theory; strategy in practice

    Hew Strachan

    3. Military strategy and peacekeeping: An unholy alliance?

    Kersti Larsdotter

    4. Fancy bears and digital trolls: Cyber strategy with a Russian twist

    Benjamin Jensen, Brandon Valeriano and Ryan Maness

    5. The political-military dynamic in the conduct of strategy

    John Kiszely

    6. Trigger happy: The foundations of US military interventions

    Michael Mayer

    7. Weak party escalation: An underestimated strategy for small states?

    Jan Angstrom and Magnus Petersson


    Kersti Larsdotter is Associate Professor of War Studies at the Swedish Defence University. Her research includes the dynamics, nature, and conduct of war, specifically civil wars and different forms of military interventions. She has published in journals such as the Journal of Strategic Studies, Small Wars & Insurgencies, and Parameters.