Readership: Scholars and students of international relations, war studies, strategic studies, peace studies, and policymakers and practitioners working in the area.
Edited by Julian Lindley-French, Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy, Netherlands Defence Academy, Associate Fellow Royal Institute for International Affairs, and Yves Boyer, Ecole Polytechnique, Deputy Director Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris
Julian Lindley-French is a member of the Atlantic Council of the United States as well as Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and Senior Associate Fellow of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He is Head of the Commander's Initiative Group (CIG) for NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) in which he is leading efforts to operationalise the Comprehensive Approach, as
well as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group in Washington. He was formerly a Course Director at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and European Co-Chair of the US-European Working Group on Stabilisation and Reconstruction Missions for CSIS and Project Leader for the Atlantic Council's Stratcon 2010 project on the NATO Strategic Concept. He is Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy at the Netherlands Defence Academy, and Special Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Leiden.
Dr Yves Boyer is Professor at Ecole polytechnique, the most prestigious French Grande Ecole, teaching "Geopolitics and Strategy". The Deputy Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) in Paris, he is a former senior researcher at the French Institute for International Affairs (IFRI), at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS-London) and a Woodrow Wilson Scholar (Washington D.C.). He is also the vice-president of the board of the Comité d'Etude de Défense Nationale (Paris), a member of the editorial boards of the Annuaire Français de Relations Internationales, the Revue de Géoéconomie (Paris) and Questions Internationales (Paris).
"if a comprehensive study of war from different perspectives is the aim, then it is the Oxford Handbook of War that achieves the task successfully. It is a fine primer on many, albeit not all, contemporary aspects of war, which will appeal to students from both civilian and military worlds at all levels, while also providing a valuable reference tool for even the most seasoned of researchers." - Chris Rahman, Political Studies Review
"This Handbook is not just timely but an outstanding contribution to the understanding of war at the start of the twenty-first century. As such the Handbook considers war in the broadest sense at the end of one epoch and the beginning of another." - Bruno Racine, President of the
Bibliotheque Nationale de France and President of the Board of Directors of the Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique in Paris.
"The incidence of war and its casualties have dramatically declined in the last thirty years. That, however, is not the perception of a public used to the dramas of 24/7 media coverage of what is still happening on the world's battlefields. Never has it been more timely for a volume like this to appear and to enlighten the global population to the changed and increasingly complex nature of modern warfare." - The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG FRSE PC, former Secretary General of NATO and former Secretary of State for Defence in the UK
Sir Michael Howard: Foreword
Julian Lindley-French and Yves Boyer: Introduction
Part I: The Fundamental Causes of War
1: Sir Lawrence Freedman: Defining War
2: Hew Strachan: Strategy and War
3: George-Henri Soutou: How History Shapes War
4: Christopher Coker: The Collision of Modern and Post-Modern War
5: Yves Boyer: Alliances and War
6: Alfredo Valladao: Brazil, India, and China: Emerging Powers and Warfare
Part II: The Moral and Legal Aspects of War
7: Paul Schulte: Morality and War
8: Serge Sur: The Evolving Legal Aspects of War
Part III: Theories on the Practice of War
9: Colonel Benoit Durieux: The History of Grand Strategy and the Conduct of Micro-Wars
10: Ambassador Alyson Bailes: The Strategic Object of War
11: Olivier Debouzy: Nuclear Deterrence and War
12: Christian Malis: Unconventional Forms of War
13: Ambassador Robert E. Hunter: Terrorism and War
Part IV: The Strategic Conduct of War
14: Julian Lindley-French: Strategic Leadership and War
15: Sir Paul Lever: Intelligence and War
16: Général d'Armées, Jean-Louis Georgelin: The Pol/Mil Interface and War: The French at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
17: William Hopkinson: Managing War
Part V: Non-Western Ways of War
18: Isabelle Facon: The Russian Way of War: In Crisis?
19: General Peng Guang Qian: The Twenty-First Century War: Chinese Perspectives
20: Vice-Admiral Fumio Ota: The Japanese Way of War
Part VI: The Military Conduct of War
21: Lt Gen Andrew Graham: Military Coalitions in War
22: General Peter van Uhm and Ben Schoenmaker: Military Leadership in a Changing World
23: General Sir David Richards: The Art of Command in the Twenty-First Century: Reflections on Three Commands
24: Rob de Wijk: Hybrid Conflict and the Changing Nature of Actors
25: Lt General Sir Richard Shirreff: Conducting Joint Operations
26: Colonel Gian P. Gentile: Counterinsurgency and War
27: Matthew Uttley and Christopher Kinsey: The Role of Logistics in War
28: Général de Corps d'Armée Antoine Lecerf: Land Warfare
29: Admiral Lord West: Maritime Warfare and the Importance of Sea Control
30: Air Commodore Frans Osinga: Air Warfare
31: Colonel Ton de Munnik: Teaching War
Part VII: Technology, Economy, Industry and War
32: Colonel Michel Goya: The Limits of Technology in War
33: Xavier Pasco: Space: A New Theatre of War?
34: Chris Donnelly, Commander Simon Atkinson, and Julian Lindley-French: Affording War: The British Case
35: Heinz Schulte: Industry and War
36: Nick Witney: Procurement and War
37: Ambassador Robert G. Bell: The Defense Industry in the Contemporary Global Security Environment
Part VIII: Civil-Military Co-operation and War
38: Paul Cornish: The Changing Relationship Between Society and Armed Forces
39: Julian Lindley-French, Paul Cornish, and Andrew Rathmell: Clear, Hold, and Build: Operationalising the Comprehensive Approach
40: Hans Binnendijk and Jacqueline Carpenter: Building a Multilateral Civilian Surge
41: Radha Kumar: Demography and Warfare
42: Jamie Shea: Communicating War: The Gamekeeper's Perspective
43: Caroline Wyatt: Communicating War: The Poacher
44: Michael Clarke: Does War have a Future?
Julian Lindley-French and Yves Boyer: Conclusion: The Fatal Fatalism of War?