The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World

Over the past fifteen years there has been a steady stream of military interventions that have not delivered on their promise for peace. This book explains this anomaly at the heart of our current international system.

Smith, Rupert, The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World, Vintage Books, New York, 2007

From amazon.com: Why do we use military force to solve our political problems? And why do our forces win the military battles but this fails to solve those problems? It is because the force used lacks utility. From Iraq to the Balkans, and from Afghanistan to Chechneya, over the past fifteen years there has been a steady stream of military interventions that have not delivered on their promise for peace, or even political resolution. The Utility of Force explains this anomaly at the heart of our current international system. Reaching back to Napoleon and ahead to our future, this book fundamentally changes the way to understand war.


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