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Senior Stockdale Center Fellow, Dr. George Lucas, Lecture: "Ethics and Military Strategy in the 21st Century: Moving Beyond Clausewitz"
POSTED ON: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:00 AM by The Stockdale Center
From the Naval War College "Lecture of Opportunity" series, Stockdale Center Senior Fellow, Dr. Dr. George R. Lucas, Jr. talks about his book 'Ethics and Military Strategy in the 21st Century: Moving Beyond Clausewitz.'
This book examines the importance of 'military ethics' in the formulation and conduct of contemporary military strategy. Clausewitz's original analysis of war relegated ethics to the side-lines in favor of political realism, interpreting the proper use of military power solely to further the political goals of the state, whatever those may be. The book demonstrates how such single-minded focus no longer suffices to secure the interest of states, for whom the nature of warfare has evolved to favor strategies that hold combatants themselves to the highest moral and professional standards in their conduct of hostilities. Waging war has thus been transformed in a manner that moves beyond Clausewitz's original conception, rendering political success wholly dependent upon the cultivation and exercise of discerning moral judgment by strategists and combatants in the field.
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