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Bekkevold, Bowers & Raska (eds.): Security, Strategy and Military Change in the 21st Century

Strategic thinking, military reform and adaptation in an era of Asian growth, European austerity and US rebalancing.

​​​Title: Security, Strategy and Military Change in the 21st Century. Cross-Regional Perspectives.
Editors: Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska.
Publisher: Routledge
Published: 2015
Number of pages: 272
ISBN 978-1-13-883265-7

A significant shift in policy, strategy and military affairs is underway in both Asia and Europe, with the former gaining increasing prominence in the domain of global security. At the same time, the world's powers are now faced with an array of diverse challenges. The resurgence of great power politics in both Europe and Asia, along with the long term threats of terrorism, piracy and sustained geopolitical instability has placed great strain on militaries and security institutions operating with constrained budgets and wary public support.

The volume covers a wide range of case studies, including the transformation of China's military in the 21st century, the internal and external challenges facing India, Russia's military modernization program and the USA's reassessment of its strategic interests. In doing so, the book provides the reader with the opportunity to conceptualize how strategic thinking, military reform, operational adaptation and technological integration have interacted with the challenges outlined above. With contributions by leading scholars and practitioners from Europe and Asia, this book provides a valuable contribution to the understanding of strategic and operational thinking and adjustment across the world.

This book will be of much interest to students of military and strategic studies, security studies, defence studies, Asian politics, Russian politics, US foreign policy and IR in general.


1. Introduction
Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska

Part I: Military Change in Asia

2. Managing Military Change in China
Dennis J. Blasko
3. Military Change in Japan: National Defense Program Guidelines as a Main Tool of Management
Isao Miyaoka
4. Garuda rising? Indonesia's Arduous Process of Military Change
Benjamin Schreer
5. The Management of Military Change: The Case of the Singapore Armed Forces
Bernard Loo Fook Weng
6. The Sources of Military Change in India: An Analysis of Evolving Strategies and Doctrines towards Pakistan
S. Kalyanaraman
7. The Indian Army Adapting to Change: The Case of Counter-Insurgency
Colonel Vivek Chadha

Part II: Military Change in Europe

8. Perspectives on Military Change and Transformation in Europe
Sven Bernhard Gareis
9. Managing Military Change in Russia
Katarzyna Zysk
10. Military Change in Britain and Germany in a Time of Austerity: Meeting the Challenge of Cross-national Pooling and Sharing
Tom Dyson

11. Austerity is the New Normal: The Case of Danish Defence Reform
Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen

Part III: Military Change in the the United States

12. Military Change in an Alliance: NATO and the Combined Joint Task Force Concept
Paal Hilde
13. A New Wary Titan: US Defence Policy in an Era of Military Change, Asian Growth and European Austerity
Austin Long 

14. Conclusion
Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska

Publisert 19. mai 2015 00:00.. Sist oppdatert 9. februar 2018 13:52.