Strategic Studies : Strategic Research

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Strategic studies is the study of conflict and use of military, it is a subfield of security studies which is a part of one of the five core branches of study for political science, international relations. Critics of strategic studies argue that it is obsessed with war and conflict, lacks concern for ethical issues, and they consider it to be a part of the problem of starting and continuing wars rather than a part of the solution of reinforcing peace. Do the strengths of strategic studies outweigh the critiques and costs? This paper will consider the weaknesses and strengths of strategic studies.

Strategic studies is best defined as "the theory and practice of the use, and threat of use, of organized force for political purposes."
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Strategist focus on war as much as they do because they more often than not want to prevent war from happening, and the strength of strategic studies lies within the ability to prepare, predict, and thwart the advancement of a negative outcome or threat through the use of military strategy.

Critics of strategic studies also mention the lack of concern for ethical issues. Because strategists are likely to be realists they would view situations such as overthrowing dictators as extremely dangerous and likely to distabalize regimes leaving them open to potentially worse powers. Strategists as “realists have a generally pessimistic view of international affairs and are wary of efforts to remake the world according to some ideological blueprint, no matter how appealing it might be in the abstract.” This is why many strategists have argued against decisions the U.S. has made in terms of foreign policy, and thus their voice remains important in trying to influence foreign policy. Much of the foreign policy decisions on behalf of western states have been from the influence of individuals who subscribe to liberalism, and since strategists are more likely to be realist the argument
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