The Art of Military Coercion

Why the West's Military Superiority Scarcely Matters

Rob de Wijk

Rob de Wijk

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

325 pages | 4 color plates, 4 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089646743 Published January 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The United States spends more on its military than the rest of the world combined, and Western nations in general spend far more than developing nations around the globe. Yet when Western nations have found themselves in conflicts in recent decades, their military performance has been mixed at best. In this fully updated new edition of The Art of Military Coercion, Rob de Wijk explains this discrepancy through a theory on the use of force. He argues that the key is a failure to use force decisively and to understand properly the dynamics of conflict and balance, means and ends. Without that ability, even a superiority of dollars, numbers, and weaponry will not necessarily translate to victory.
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