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Strategic Narrative and Strategic Incoherence

David Betz

in Carnage and Connectivity: Landmarks in the Decline of Conventional Military Power

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190264857
eISBN:
9780190618513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264857.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter argues that a main cause of the miasma of indecision that pervaded the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns of the War on Terror was the incoherence of the overarching strategic narrative of ... More


Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden

Michelle Bentley

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781526104717
eISBN:
9781526120861
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526104717.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This book analyses the Syria crisis and the role of chemical weapons, in relation to US foreign policy. The Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons and their subsequent elimination would dominate ... More


Ghouta and ideological innovation

Michelle Bentley

in Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781526104717
eISBN:
9781526120861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526104717.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

Chapter 3 examines Obama’s rhetorical employment of the taboo as the situation in Syria progressed. Whatever his views against intervention, Obama would engage with the taboo as a core theme of his ... More


Obama’s taboo

Michelle Bentley

in Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781526104717
eISBN:
9781526120861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526104717.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

Chapter 4 demonstrates the sheer extent to which this strategic process was agency-driven and calculated. Obama did not merely use the taboo to limit policy, but to actively control it. This is not ... More


Theatre of War

David Betz

in Carnage and Connectivity: Landmarks in the Decline of Conventional Military Power

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190264857
eISBN:
9780190618513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264857.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter explains how developments in the media drove a parallel emergence of a virtual dimension of conflict that is highly strategically consequential. Through an examination of the ... More


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