Analysis Of Martin Van Creveld's The Transformation Of War

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Strategic information security field has increased in the last from century from World War I, World War II and the current and post the Cold War. Obviously, the status quo changed with the end of the Cold War and the onset of the September 11th?s attacks on America, the strategic security field is now abuzz with what will come next. Among the strategic security analysts, we have seen that Huntington believes in future conflict, which is based on ?civilization? lines drawn on a variety of geographic, religious beliefs and ethnicities among others. Each of these modern social scientists has created concepts from the past and present, as well as future paradigm shifts of how international security will evolve. The prior cited examples separate …show more content…
For example, Martin van Creveld?s text The Transformation of War takes on the once untouchable theories of Clausewitz and attempts to create a modernized version of Vom Kriege. Waltz credits many classical authors, including Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, Spinoza, Mill and others, for creating and defending the foundation for his arguments in Man, the State, and War. Additionally, much like their predecessors, contemporary authors cite trends within the international landscape. Those from the Italian Renaissance noted the religious influences, corrupt government, and monarchies that led their times and promoted strong, sometimes ruthless leadership to promote order and peace. Those within the Enlightenment saw the hereditary monarchies last gasps and saw how ?civilized? man granted leadership the authority to govern, but only to the extent that was allowable by the hoi polloi. So to does the contemporary author notice the current state of the individual, the nation-state, and the interaction of these entities upon the world stage. The contemporary academic sees the evolution of a bi-polar era, to a unipolar landscape now dotted with subnational actors vying for influence through violent conflict that some denote as civilizational in nature (Huntington). Additionally, many relevant authors within the last few years view the future of international security through a post-9/11 lens. Specifically, Walid Phares, John Robb, Phillip Bobbitt, and Colin Gray write about terrorism, jihad, and future warfare with a sobering perspective. Although, many would prefer to see through Fukuyama?s eyes and view a world that is evolving to a higher order with democracy and capitalism the clear winners in a more secure global future, others do not have a positive perspective. However, more realistically, Kagan tempers Fukuyama?s views with a bit of Machiavellian rationality in his book The

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