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(p. 374) 21. Does Strategic Studies Have a Future? 

(p. 374) 21. Does Strategic Studies Have a Future?
(p. 374) 21. Does Strategic Studies Have a Future?

Lawrence Freedman

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date: 08 July 2020

This chapter reflects on the question of whether strategic studies has a future as a field of academic study. It first considers the early development of strategic studies and how it became a broad enquiry by the end of the cold war. It then examines how the study of strategy posed a challenge to the social sciences and goes on to discuss the tensions that exist between the academic and policy worlds with respect to strategic studies. It also explores elements of realism that remain very useful in the study of strategy, particularly when it comes to the issue of armed force. The chapter concludes by explaining why strategic studies should be revived as a subject in the universities and how this might be achieved.

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