New Directions in Strategic Thinking 2.0

New Directions in Strategic Thinking 2.0

ANU Strategic & Defence Studies Centre's Golden Anniversary Conference Proceedings

Edited by: Russell W. Glenn

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The Australian National University’s Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) is Australia’s premier university-based strategic studies think tank. Fifty years after the Centre was founded in 1966, SDSC celebrated its continued research, publications, teaching and government advisory role with a two-day conference entitled ‘New Directions in Strategic Thinking 2.0’. The event saw the podium graced by many of the world’s premier thinkers in the strategic studies field. An evening between those tours to the lectern brought together academics, practitioners and other honoured guests at a commemorative dinner held beneath the widespread wings of the ‘G for George’ bomber in the Australian War Memorial—an event that included SDSC’s own Professor Desmond Ball AO making his last public appearance.

Since SDSC’s 25th anniversary, the world has seen the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Bipolarity gave way to the emergence of the United States as the world’s sole superpower, a status many now see as under threat. Both the nature of the threats and identity of individual competitors has changed in the interim quarter-century. Non-state actors are presenting rising challenges to national governments. Meanwhile, a diminished Russia and far more wealthy China seek to reassert themselves. Never before has the call for reasoned innovative security studies thinking been more pronounced. Rarely has a group so able to offer that thought come together as was the case in July 2016.

This book encapsulates the essence of this cutting-edge thinking and is a must read for those concerned with emerging strategic challenges facing Australia and its security partners.


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Jul 2018
ANU Press
Social Sciences: Military & Defence Studies, Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration

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  1. Introduction (PDF, 0.1MB)Russell W. Glenn doi
  2. The decline of the classical model of military strategy (PDF, 0.1MB)Lawrence Freedman doi
  3. Economics and security (PDF, 0.1MB)Amy King doi
  4. A bias for action? The military as an element of national power (PDF, 0.1MB)John J. Frewen doi
  5. The prospects for a Great Power ‘grand bargain’ in East Asia (PDF, 0.1MB)Evelyn Goh doi
  6. Old wine in new bottles? The continued relevance of Cold War strategic concepts (PDF, 0.1MB)Robert Ayson doi
  7. Beyond ‘hangovers’: The new parameters of post–Cold War nuclear strategy (PDF, 0.1MB)Nicola Leveringhaus doi
  8. The return of geography (PDF, 0.1MB)Paul Dibb doi
  9. Strategic studies in practice: An Australian perspective (PDF, 0.1MB)Hugh White doi
  10. Strategic studies in practice: A South-East Asian perspective (PDF, 0.2MB)Peter Ho doi
  11. American grand strategy in the post–Cold War era (PDF, 0.2MB)Hal Brands doi
  12. The future of strategic studies: Lessons from the last ‘golden age’ (PDF, 0.2MB)Hew Strachan doi
  13. An Asian school of strategic studies? (PDF, 0.1MB)Amitav Acharya doi
  14. The future of strategic studies: The next golden age (PDF, 0.1MB)Robert O’Neill doi
  15. Conclusion: What is the future of strategic studies? (PDF, 0.1MB)Paul Dibb doi

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