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Justifying Conventional War

Robert Jackson

in The Global Covenant: Human Conduct in a World of States

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199262014
eISBN:
9780191601033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199262012.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter examines the normative character and modus operandi of conventional war in contemporary international society. The following normative issues are addressed: justifications of the UN and ... More


The Course of the Civil War

Bill Kissane

in The Politics of the Irish Civil War

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199273553
eISBN:
9780191706172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273553.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter summarizes the course of events during the civil war. It is divided into three parts. Part one documents the efforts made to keep the IRA united and prevent the Treaty split resulting in ... More


Deterrence under Stalemate: Conventional War and Nuclear Escalation

Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press

in The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution: Power Politics in the Atomic Age

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749292
eISBN:
9781501749315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749292.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This chapter explores the ability of nuclear weapons to deter conventional war. For nuclear weapons to mitigate traditional security competition, they must not only render nuclear war unwinnable but ... More


The Decisive Victory Paradigm Undermines Strategy for Irregular War

Christopher D. Kolenda

in Zero-Sum Victory: What We're Getting Wrong About War

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780813152769
eISBN:
9780813154169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813152769.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter argues that the U.S. national security establishment is organized intellectually and bureaucratically around the ability to wage conventional war. In irregular war, factors for success ... More


Conventional Interstate Warfare

Ryan Grauer

in The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198790501
eISBN:
9780191831737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198790501.003.0027
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

This chapter details the challenge European states face in confronting conventional interstate warfare in the post-cold-war era. The European continent has been the site of several interstate ... More


War in Europe: A Short Typological Survey

Beatrice Heuser

in War: A Genealogy of Western Ideas and Practices

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
April 2022
ISBN:
9780198796893
eISBN:
9780191838583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198796893.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter surveys enduring and recurrent patterns in planned (premeditated) and organized collective violence. These include: raids and massacres; siege warfare; battles; and conducting business ... More


India’s Operational Nuclear Policy: The Gap between Theory, Practice, and Credibility

Gaurav Kampani

in India's Military Modernization: Strategic Technologies and Weapons Systems

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199451623
eISBN:
9780199085248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199451623.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter argues that India’s conventional and nuclear war approaches are decoupled from one another. They are also contradictory and incompatible. Whereas the first proposes an offensive war of ... More


The Strategic Foundations of the Laws of War

Ganesh Sitaraman

in The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199930319
eISBN:
9780190260156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199930319.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Public International Law

This chapter examines law in the age of conventional war, the war against terrorism, and the counterinsurgency's strategy for victory. In the wake of the total wars of the twentieth century, ... More


Antinomies 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/9780190264857.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter examines war’s enduring characteristics throughout history — hatred and animosity, chance and probability, and political purpose. It critiques the predominant Western conception of ... More


Exploratory Talks: Building and Damaging Confidence

Christopher D. Kolenda

in Zero-Sum Victory: What We're Getting Wrong About War

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780813152769
eISBN:
9780813154169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813152769.003.0021
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter discusses U.S. efforts of reconciliation with the Taliban. Starting in late 2010, U.S. government officials regularly met with Taliban representatives to facilitate confidence-building ... More


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