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The strategic and realist perspectives: An ambiguous relationship
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
2022 (English)In: Journal of Strategic Studies, ISSN 0140-2390, E-ISSN 1743-937X, Vol. 45, no 6-7, p. 918-941Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article aims at clearing up a widespread misunderstanding in previous research that the classical strategic perspective, based on the writings of Carl von Clausewitz and his contemporary followers, shares ontological assumptions with realism. Although both perspectives perceive a constant state of disharmony in international politics, they differ substantially in their assumptions about state-centrism, actor behaviour, and the role of unpredictability. As the relationship between the perspectives is ambiguous, the article argues that scholars should treat them as two separate theoretical entities. The greater scholarly relevance of the article lies in its contribution to conceptual clarity.

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2022. Vol. 45, no 6-7, p. 918-941
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Clausewitz, Realism, State-centrism, Strategic perspective, Unpredictability
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War Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9528DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2020.1833860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-9528DiVA, id: diva2:1506789
Available from: 2020-12-04 Created: 2020-12-04 Last updated: 2022-12-14Bibliographically approved

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