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Power in Uncertain TimesStrategy in the Fog of Peace$
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Emily Goldman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804757263

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804757263.001.0001

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The Fog of Peace

The Fog of Peace

(p.1) 1 The Fog of Peace
Power in Uncertain Times
Stanford University Press

This book explores how leaders respond in a complex and uncertain world. It also puts United States efforts to shape its strategic environment into historical perspective. It introduces three types of strategic responses states may make: “shaping,” “adapting,” and “reforming and reconstituting.” In addition, it describes how choices made during periods of strategic pause have a substantial impact on what states can do once threats emerge. It focuses on military strategy and grand strategy. History demonstrated that preparedness for war is influenced by lengthy periods of peace. The case studies in this book reveal that relative power and complexity justify strategic choice better than nonstructural and nonenvironmental factor. They also exhibited the conditions under which different strategies preserve, augment, or undermine state power. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   United States, shaping, adapting, reforming, reconstituting, military strategy, grand strategy, state power

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