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DAFF 25A01 - Strategic Studies

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course introduces students to some of the theories and concepts that form the basic of strategic studies as a distinct subfield of international relations (IR). The course is thus an introduction to the key ideas and themes of strategic studies, which deals with the preparation and use of military power to serve the ends of politics. The course aims to guide students through a wide-ranging survey of theoretical and practical aspects of strategic studies. It will include sections on the uses of strategic theory, instruments of war - land, sea, and air power - and their evolution, nuclear strategy, limited war, small wars and terrorism and war termination. The course tries to strike a balance between theoretical works and case studies. We will thus link the study of strategy with the realities of modern politics.


  • FRAISE, Thomas (Assistant de Vie)
  • HATTO, Ronald (Chercheur au CERI, Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

Formal lecture with open interactions between the lecturer and the students.

Course validation

1) Mid-Term Take-Home Examination (50%) 2) Final Take-Home Examination (50%)

Required reading

  • BETTS, Richard K. (2000) “Is Strategy an Illusion?”, International Security, Vol. 25, No. 2, Pp. 5-50
  • ANGSTROM, Jan & WIDEN, J. J. (2015) Contemporary Military Theory: The Dynamics of War, London, Routledge.
  • BAYLIS, J., WIRTZ, J., COHEN, E. & GRAY, C. S. (Ed.) (2016) Strategy in the Contemporary World. An Introduction to Strategic Studies, 5th Edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • DAVID, Charles-Philippe (2012) La guerre et la paix. Approches contemporaines de la sécurité et de la stratégie, 3ème édition, Paris, Presses de Sciences-Po.
  • JORDAN, D, KIRAS, J. D., LONSDALE, D. J., SPELLER, I, TUCK, C. & WALTON, D. C. (2008) Understanding Modern Warfare, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.