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Shaping Strategy: The Civil-Military Politics of Strategic Assessment


Good strategic assessment does not guarantee success in international relations, but bad strategic assessment dramatically increases the risk of disastrous failure. The most glaring example of this reality is playing out in Iraq today. But what explains why states and their leaders are sometimes so good at strategic assessment–and why they are sometimes so bad at it? Part of the explanation has to do with a state’s civil-military relations. In Shaping Strategy, Risa Brooks develops a novel…


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