Strategy and Ethnic Conflict: A Method, Theory, and Case Study

Strategy and Ethnic Conflict: A Method, Theory, and Case Study

Strategy and Ethnic Conflict: A Method, Theory, and Case Study

Strategy and Ethnic Conflict: A Method, Theory, and Case Study

Synopsis

Ethnic conflict now presents the thorniest problems for military and civilian strategists of all stripes. This book presents a new general theory of strategy, encompassing studies of the relationship between values, interest, and strategy as these relate to ethnic conflicts. It focuses on the relationship between values and strategy, building a theory on the hypothesis that national values influence national strategy. Paquette's research reveals that national values influence national strategy through three mechanisms: cognition, appreciation, and evaluation. Each mechanism, and indeed the whole value-focused approach to strategic thinking, is described using a network of interrelated statements.

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Raising the Question

…vast though the public market should be for genuinely strategic reasoning—explaining why things are done—poverty in strategic thought is the norm.

Colin Gray

It is a sad fact that the end of the Cold War has brought to the forefront many intractable conflicts, of which several are ethnic in nature: the death of Yugoslavia; the fire of war spilling over into southern Europe; and atrocities in the African Great Lakes. The questions these events raise are the same for policymakers, students of politics, or casual observers: what makes some conflicts so bitter? Why do these conflicts resist solutions that work elsewhere?

Basic questions require basic research for answers, investigations into the most fundamental phenomena that motivate action, and into the nature of action itself.

BASIC RESEARCH

This book proposes that kind of in-depth investigation, using the very building blocks of conflict. Through a habit of reading widely, I

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