RUSI JournalVolume 162Issue 1members only

The Changing Character of War: Making Strategy in the Early Twenty-First Century


The West will need to develop strategic solutions to address today’s challenges.

Several fashionable fallacies affect current assessments of the character of conflict. It is always difficult to discern what changes will affect the strategic level, especially when attention is focused on particular wars and technological novelties. In this article, Rob Johnson argues that an honest appraisal of what is unchanging offers one route to that evaluation. Strategically, revisionist geopolitics, an electronic arms race between encryption and access, and a greater

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