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A compelling exploration of contemporary armed conflict. Conflict realism is a derivative form of international relations scholarship that uses military forces, instead of the state, as the unit of measure. The book delves into the intricate web of causation to unveil five pivotal trends shaping the landscape of war and warfare. These trends include urban warfare, sieges, attrition, precision strike strategy, and proxy wars. Conflict Realism applies rigorous causal logic to unravel the trends to reveal a stark reality: wars remain far more attritional than anticipated by policymakers, military practitioners, and analysts alike. What’s more, just as attritional wars are becoming quite common, conflict elongation – wars of extended duration – are also becoming the norm. Through insightful analysis and a keen understanding of geopolitical intricacies, Amos Fox navigates the reader through the intricate interplay of these trends, shedding light on their profound implications for global security. This riveting work challenges conventional wisdom, offering readers a thought-provoking perspective on the contemporary nature of armed conflicts, ultimately urging a reconsideration of strategies and policies in the face of an ever-evolving battlefield.


Publication date: c. July 2024

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Conflict Realism: Understanding the Causal Logic of Modern War and Warfare

  • Introduction

    Section 1: Theoretical Foundations

    Chapter 1: A Taxonomy of Western Military Thought

    Chapter 2: Conflict Realism

    Chapter 3: Paradoxes of Armed Conflict

    Chapter 4: The Principles and Inverse Principles of War and Warfare

    Section 2: Conflict Realism – an Applied Theory of War and Warfare

    Chapter 5: On Urban Warfare

    Chapter 6: On Sieges

    Chapter 7: On Attrition

    Chapter 8: On the Precision Paradox

    Chapter 7: On Proxy War


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