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Strategic Studies

Robert Ayson

in The Oxford Handbook of International Relations

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199219322
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199219322.003.0032

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 Strategic Studies

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This article discusses the complicated relationship between strategic studies and international relations, and that part of the latter discipline known as security studies. It argues that strategic studies deserves to stand alongside international relations as a direct subfield of political science. First, strategy is not so much a subset of security as its interactive partner. Students of strategy focus on the responses of states and other actors to the international security environment: If security is the condition, strategy is the reaction. Strategic action in turn affects the security conditions faced by other actors; again security is the condition, but strategy can also be the cause. It can be the independent variable. The use of force often has a major bearing on the security conditions faced by other actors (and by the user of the force themselves). There is at the very least an interactive relationship between strategic studies and security studies.

Keywords: international relations; security studies; strategy; strategic studies; strategic action

Article.  8028 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations ; Political Methodology

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