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Strategic Studies Quarterly

Volume 12 Issue 4 - Winter 2018

  • POLICY FORUM
  • FEATURE ARTICLE
  • Expectations of Cyber Deterrence

    Expectations of Cyber Deterrence

    Martin C. Libicki 
    Does the existence of cyber capabilities, coupled with the threat they might be used as punishment, help deter others? 
  • BOOK ESSAY
  • Does Grand Strategy Matter?

    Does Grand Strategy Matter?

    Alexander Kirss 
    Do academics and policy elites place too much stock in grand strategy as a cure-all for American foreign policy woes?   
  • BOOK REVIEWS
  • Just War Reconsidered

    Just War Reconsidered

    By: James M. Dubik 
    Reviewed by:  Doyle Hodges 

    James Dubik’s Just War Reconsidered uses just war theory as a lens to examine the political and moral responsibility of military officers and policy makers at the strategic and operational level of war. Dubik’s central claim is that just war theory is incomplete. Traditional just war theory distinguishes the decision to go to war (jus ad bellum), which is the province of policy makers, from how a war is fought (jus in bello), which is the responsibility of the military. Dubik introduces a new level of analysis to jus in bello: how a war is waged. Fighting justly involves choosing weapons and targets to achieve war aims while minimizing the effect on those not engaged in harm.
  • The New Russia

    The New Russia

    By: Mikhail Gorbachev
    Reviewed by:  Maj J. Alexander Ippoliti, ANG 

    To mark the 30th anniversary of the commencement of perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev wrote The New Russia (published in Russian as После Кремля/Posle Kremlya, translated After the Kremlin), an introspective look at the Russian state based on his own experiences. He examined how Russia has evolved from the Soviet Union to the modern “managed democracy,” controlled by the Putin regime. New Russia offers Western readers a viewpoint at once sympathetic to, yet independent of, the liberal democratic narrative which generally informs American thinkers. New Russia does not offer particularly fresh insights but does provide Western readers the opportunity to glimpse a divide between the Putin regime and the elements of the Russian population that is often lost from outside Russia’s borders.

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