A Revolution in Strategy? Conducting War in an Age of Rogues

  • Jan Willem Honig


To bring out the issues involved in understanding and designing Western strategy in the post-Cold War world in this chapter, a simple conceptual approach is followed. The reader is asked to distinguish between the aims of war and aims in war.1 This distinction neatly reflects the hierarchically linked, yet bureaucratically distinct spheres of the government and the military. The aims of war are politically defined and constitute the ultimate objectives that war as both an instrument and a means must serve. The aims in war are the translation of political aims into subordinate aims that can be directly attained by the use of force. First, I will first examine the nature of the West’s political objectives in conflicts and the question of how and why they have changed since the end of the Cold War. Second, the subordinate level of the West’s strategic objectives will be considered. Third, since war is an interactive (dialectic, if you will) process, the objectives and methods of the ‘enemy’ must also to be considered. Who are we up against? What are his motives? How does he fight?


Security Council Mass Destruction Political Objective International Peace Hague Convention 
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