Military Strategy in the 21st Century

The Challenge for NATO

Edited by

Janne Haaland Matlary


Rob Johnson

A sober and frank account of the strategic options and constraints affecting NATO.

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Military Strategy in the 21st Century Hardback
November 2020£30
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What is military strategy today? In an era when European states seek to de-escalate and avoid armed conflict, and where politicians fear the consequences of protracted operations or tactical hazards, does military strategy have any relevance?

This is the first volume to examine current military risks and threats for NATO from a military strategy vantage point. Which strategies are needed? Is ways—ends—means thinking possible as a strategic template today? The contributors probe the relative importance, utility and options of military strategy across NATO as it confronts a variety of challenges old and new, as hybrid threats, new nuclear risks and conventional force combine in complex ways. They also examine what military strategy and military integration really mean, when NATO’s multilateral framework is being weakened by degrees of self-interest. They analyse the USA’s political and military role in Europe, and assess military strategic responses to Russian aggression in Ukraine and the Middle East. Moreover, they study the role of member states’ military strategy set against Article 5 and non-Article 5 risks and threats, and explore how European states devise and implement military strategic options.

This book makes a clear assessment of political level strategy and its implications for military integration.


Janne Haaland Matlary is Professor of International Politics at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Military Command and Staff College; she was formerly Norway's deputy minister of foreign affairs.

Robert Johnson is Director of The Changing Character of War Centre at the University of Oxford. He is the author of a number of publications, including The Afghan Way of War (2011) and The Great War in the Middle East (2016).