Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security
Is Strategy an Illusion?
Does strategy exist? The skeptics say no: The realities of war—its boundless complexities and uncertainties—make effective strategy impossible. Others who respond positively nonetheless disagree on strategy's central features and its ability to influence the outcome of war. Defining strategy as "a plan for using military means to achieve political ends," Richard Betts of Columbia University examines ten critiques of the practicability of strategy and responds to each. Betts concludes that the prospects for successfully implementing a particular strategy are weak at best. With this qualification in mind, Betts then outlines several scenarios in which strategy can work.
Analysis & Opinions - Harvard Business Review
Blog Post - Iran Matters
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter-