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Soldiers, Strategy and Statesmen


The relationship between politicians and generals may be strained, but it is as vital as ever to get it right

Following his retirement from the British Army, marked by a valedictory lecture at RUSI in November 2011, Mungo Melvin continues to reflect on the political-military relationship in the making of British strategy. He argues that successful strategy can only be achieved through the responsible exercise of political primacy, based on politically aware – never partisan – professionally robust military advice.

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Mungo Melvin

Senior Associate Fellow

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