Future War in Cities: Rethinking a Liberal Dilemma

Future War in Cities: Rethinking a Liberal Dilemma

Future War in Cities: Rethinking a Liberal Dilemma

Future War in Cities: Rethinking a Liberal Dilemma

Synopsis

Alice Hills explores the dilemma associated with the use of military force within urban confines as the world changes and new threats to security arise in the aftermath of early 21st century terrorist activities at a global level.

Excerpt

I base this book on the premise that urban operations have the capacity to become a critical security issue in the twenty-first century. Its consequent objective is to draw on this view to develop understanding of the nature of military force in an era of urbanisation, globalisation, transnational terrorism, new power conflicts and expeditionary warfare. Urban operations warrant this central analytical role because their inherent military logic challenges the West's faith in technology's transformational potential and has the capacity to undermine its currently preferred way of waging war.

Future War in Cities is written as a contribution to the wider study of military operations and contemporary security; its central process is urban operations, but its wider context is the changing security environment, the features of which are revealed in cities. Within a framework analysing conventional operations, the book identifies the contextual factors that systematically affect operations against conventional and asymmetric adversaries in urban environments. It advances an explanation as to why substantive questions of theoretical understanding and policy response are as important as tactical concerns, and why cities will represent a politically significant area in the future battlespace. It demonstrates that urban operations present a unique set of political and moral challenges to policy makers and commanders. It offers a rethinking of the liberal dilemma associated

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