Strategic Studies and its Critics

  • Robert O’Neill
  • David N. Schwartz
Part of the Studies in International Security book series (SIS)


The civilian strategic analysts who now constitute a distinct profession in the Western world have from the first been subject to criticism that has called in question the validity of their methods, their utility to society and even their integrity of purpose.1 Some of it is directed at particular strategists or at particular techniques they employ, but much of it purports to expose deficiencies that are characteristic of the genre. Some of this is of so scurrilous a nature as not to deserve a reply, but some raises issues of real importance. What are in fact the distinguishing features of the new style of strategic analysis? What has given rise to the criticisms that have been made of it? And what substance do the criticisms have?


Game Theory Nuclear Weapon Nuclear Force Moral Consideration Military Force 
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  • Robert O’Neill
  • David N. Schwartz

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