IJ Exclusives

 

IJ Exclusives are peer-reviewed articles on strategy dealing with current events.

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  • Looking ahead, Israeli military planners will need to be increasingly attentive to the country’s nuclear strategy, including reconsiderations of “deliberate ambiguity,” and certain corollary questions of preemption, strategic targeting, and ballistic missile defense. Throughout this indispensable assessment, it will be necessary to shape pertinent specific policy changes according to a previous development of coherent doctrine, and to proceed on the core understanding that Israel’s nuclear strategy must always remain oriented toward deterrence, rather than actual war-fighting. In the end, as this essay comprehensively points out, the critical strategic policy task for Israel must always be seen as analytic or intellectual, that is, as a protracted struggle of “mind over mind” with many (sometimes interrelated or “hybrid”) adversaries.

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  • The Islamic State (IS) is one of the world’s most brutal organizations. In and of itself, this fact does not provide coherence for U.S. military intervention against IS – intervention which primarily serves to strengthen the U.S.’s regional and global competitors – and by the same token, weaken the strategic posture of the U.S. and its longstanding regional allies. Indeed, the fact that the U.S. has surprisingly volunteered to prioritize the fight against IS ahead of containing the Russians, has artificially made Russia important, and unnecessarily given the Kremlin powerful global cards.

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  • In this Infinity Journal Exclusive article, Israel Air Force Lt. Col. (Res.) Ron Tira examines the challenges of orchestrating ends, ways and means in Operation Protective Edge – given its distinct contexts. Tira argues that Israel and other players in this recent Gaza conflict have not fully distilled its distinct contexts, and have therefore found it challenging to set the correct policy objectives or elect relevant ways and means.

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  • Is blockade the best strategy for dealing with China? In this article Garret Wood argues that Dr. Thomas Hammes' proposal of blockading China is both inflammatory to the Chinese public and too harmful to the US economy to be viable.

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  • Will war as we know it eventually become obsolete? Adam Elkus argues that the question’s framing itself suggests confusion over the nature of conflict.

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  • In this article, Ron Tira questions the credibility of US policy and strategy towards Iran's nuclear ambitions. Tira argues that with its much smaller stick yet apparent risk-appetite, Iran is posturing more credibly than America, with its big stick, and risk-averseness; hence Iran is strategically more effective. He concludes that as long as the US is seen as prioritizing risk-averseness over the realization of its policy goals, it is unlikely to achieve its objectives. Of course, America’s strategic credibility may hit new lows should Iran acquire the bomb in spite of unwavering and contrary American policy statements.

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  • What is the strategic meaning of America’s military drawdown? In this article, Macgregor explains the rationale for a reduced footprint overseas and the resulting demand for “high lethality/low density forces” in American military power.

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  • In this IJ Exclusive, Olivier Schmitt argues that French military actions are based on a flawed strategy, namely an unclear definition of the goals of the campaign, which prevents more efficient use of limited military means.

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  • Mexico’s drug conflict is best understood, especially in an era in which scholars increasingly — and erroneously — argue that classical strategic approaches do not apply to non-state warfare, by a strategic approach drawing from Clausewitz’s General Theory, classical understanding of strategy, and political realists who focus on the timeless struggle for both external and internal political power.

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  • Let’s Drop the Big One Now

    Martin van Creveld

    In this IJ Exclusive, Martin van Creveld questions the strategic value of airpower in the current war in Libya

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  • In this article, Ron Tira argues that the American military's involvement in Libya is conducted in contravention of American strategic doctrines; and it is an odd pick when contrasted with other more significant challenges to American vital interests in the region.

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  • In this article, Dr. Patrick Porter argues that the war in Libya is revealing some problematic issues in the United Kingdom's capacity to think logically and plan strategically.

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