21st February 2012: Adversaries & Strategic Culture

Novag Robot Adversary chess computer


The so-called fourth generation of strategic culture frameworks in international security — long-term, culturally transmitted factors that shape decisions on the use of force — have focused on understanding adversaries, combat learning and policy relevance. Leading scholars include University of Reading’s Patrick Porter and the American Enterprise Institute’s Thomas Donnelly. Foreign Policy‘s Zygmunt Dembek and Dean Cheng has compiled a list of “the readings that provide insight into the philosophies and tactics of our enemies, past, present, and perhaps future”: a useful primer for understanding potential adversaries and their strategic culture.


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