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Coercing Fluently: The Grammar of Coercion in the Twenty-first Century

To illustrate the logic and grammar of coercion, this analysis relies on decision-theory methods, such as game theory, that examine the strategic decision-making process in interactions with adversaries and partners. The intent here is not to offer predictive models of rational-actor behavior. Rather, the intent is to use game-theory and similar approaches to understand how coercion works better. This analysis considers competitive interactions between actors that have discrete and qualifiable, if not quantifiable, preferences and who behave rationally, though this analysis acknowledges the behavior that is considered rational is frequently informed by nonrational social, cultural, and psychological factors. Considering these…

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Enabling a More Externally Focused and Operational PLA – 2020 PLA Conference Papers

Although the People’s Liberation Army is not yet a global expeditionary force on par with the US military, the former has nevertheless significantly expanded its ability to operate abroad. Through enhanced technological capabilities, robust relationships with foreign militaries, increased access to overseas military bases and dual-use facilities, and the implementation of major structural reforms, the People’s Liberation Army has built a more integrated joint force capable of conducting a wider and more complex array of missions. This volume advances the understanding of the People’s Liberation Army’s capability to conduct overseas missions by examining China’s military relations with Europe, Africa, and…

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The Grand Strategy of Gertrude Bell: From the Arab Bureau to the Creation of Iraq

The remarkable life of British adventurer Gertrude Bell has been well documented through her biographies and numerous travel books. Bell’s role as a grand strategist for the British government in the Middle East during World War I and the postwar period, however, is surprisingly understudied. Investigating Gertrude Bell as both a military strategist and a grand strategist offers important insights into how Great Britain devised its military strategy in the Middle East during World War I—particularly, Britain’s efforts to work through saboteurs and secret societies to undermine the Ottoman Empire during the war and the country’s attempts to stabilize the…

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Parameters Vol 52 No 2 Summer Issue

Dysfunctional Warfare: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Rob Johnson Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine in 2022: Implications for Strategic Studies Antulio J. Echevarria II Russia and China Ryan J. Orsini Mark T. Vicik Beyond Conventional War Brandon Colas Zachary Kallenborn Lessons from History Tami Davis Biddle Alexander G. Lovelace SRAD Director’s Corner Russia’s Strategy and Its War on Ukraine George Shatzer

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China, Europe, and the Pandemic Recession

Given the depth and breadth of the pandemic-induced recession in Europe, private companies in need of capital and governments looking to shed state-owned enterprises may be tempted to sell shares, assets, or outright ownership to investors with liquidity to spare. Of greatest concern is the role that China might play in Europe, building Beijing’s soft power, weakening allied geopolitical solidarity, and potentially reprising the role it played in the 2010s, when its investments in Europe expanded dramatically. More specifically, there is concern over China’s investments in infrastructure and sensitive technologies relevant to American and allied military operations and capabilities. Whether…

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Contested Deployment

The homeland is no longer a sanctuary, and expectations of unfettered mobilization and movement from fort to port are no longer viable. In the next major war, opposition from within and without will combine with infrastructure challenges to disrupt and delay the military’s power projection. Whole-of-society planning must begin now to counter this disruption.


School of Strategic Landpower

The School of Strategic Landpower’s educational programs (resident and distance) develop strategic leaders by providing a strong foundation of wisdom, grounded in mastery of the profession of arms, and by serving as a crucible for educating future leaders in the analysis, evaluation, and refinement of professional expertise in war, strategy, operations, national security, resource management, and responsible command.


Strategic Studies Institute

The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is the U.S. Army’s institute for geostrategic and national security research and analysis. SSI conducts global geostrategic research and analysis that creates and advances knowledge to influence solutions for national security problems facing the Army and the nation. SSI serves as a valuable source of ideas, criticism, innovative approaches, and independent analyses as well as a venue to expose external audiences to the U.S. Army’s contributions to the Nation.


Center for Strategic Leadership

The Center for Strategic Leadership (CSL)’s areas of emphasis are experiential education, Senior Leader education, support to Army Senior Leader research, and support to both US Army War College (USAWC) and Army Senior Leader strategic communication efforts.


Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute

The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute collaboratively develops and integrates stability and peace capabilities across the US government, international organizations, and the community of interest to achieve national objectives.


Army Heritage and Education Center

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center engages, inspires, and informs the Army, the American people, and global partners with a unique and enduring source of knowledge and thought. The Center is an integral part of the War College and maintains the knowledge repositories that support scholarship and research about the U.S. Army and its operating environment.