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Strategy in a Complex World

Jamie Gaskarth
RUSI Journal, 1 December 2015
Global Strategy and Commitments, UK, UK Defence
Even in a complex world, those making strategy can and should pursue clarity and coherence

Although it is commonplace to describe today’s security environment as ‘complex’, there are still pockets of coherence around which policy-makers can anchor their strategy. Jamie Gaskarth argues that attempts to mirror the supposedly disorderly global security world with a disorderly strategy have led only to confusion, inefficiency and declining public support. Instead, the government needs to grapple with British identity and link this to a coherent narrative about how and why it wants to act in the future.

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