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The Art of Creating PowerFreedman on Strategy$
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Benedict Wilkinson and James Gow

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851163.001.0001

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Reflections on Lawrence Freedman’s ‘Deterrence’

Reflections on Lawrence Freedman’s ‘Deterrence’

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(p.49) 3 Reflections on Lawrence Freedman’s ‘Deterrence’
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The Art of Creating Power
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Patrick M. Morgan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851163.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the social aspects of strategy, arguing for the importance of relationships in strategy and, in particular, in understanding of deterrence. Deterrence, in its essence, is predicated upon a social relationship – the one deterring and the one to be deterred. Alliance and cooperation are important in generating the means for actively managing international security. Following Freedman’s work on deterrence in the post-Cold War context, ever greater interaction and interdependence might instill a stronger sense of international community, in which more traditional and ‘relatively primitive’ notions of deterrence can be developed. However, this strategic aspiration relies on international, especially transatlantic, social cohesion, a property that weakened in the twenty-first century, triggering new threats from new kinds of opponent. The need for a sophisticated and social strategy for managing international security is made all the more necessary.

Keywords:   Freedman, Deterrence, International security, International Community, Social Cohesion, Post cold war

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