This is a graduate seminar focusing on the evolution of military strategy with the ebb and flow of state, society and technology. Departing from Clausewitz’s oft-quoted maxim: “War is … a continuation of political activity by other means,” the seminar seeks to explore and emphasize the primacy of politics in determining the military strategy. During the course, students will be introduced to and familiarized with, the succession of land, naval and air power strategies as well as nuclear strategy. Although majority of cases covered in the course reflects the primacy of states for strategic studies, supranational and non-state actors’ challenges to Clauswitzian conception of strategy, such as the European Defence Policy or international terrorist networks will merit particular attention. This course requires active student participation, including presentation of reviewed books to the class. The learning outcomes include developing familiarity with strategic ideas and understanding the link between politics and strategy.
Students are expected to prepare at least one questionfor each weekly reading assignment and email them to the intsructor by 14:00 each Monday. Students’ questions will provide the basis for class discussions and count toward course participation.
Key Indicative Texts
- Colin S. Gray, War, Peace and International Relations: An Introduction to Strategic History, (London: Routledge, 2007).
- Peter Parret, (ed.), The Makers of Modern Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986).
- Murray et. al.,The Making of Strategy: Rulers: States and War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).
Week 1: Introduction: The Course, the Instructor and the Textbooks
Week 2: On Strategic Studies
Week 3: Essence of Political War: Clausewitz
Week 5: Air Power Strategies
Week 6: Nuclear Strategy
Week 7: Students’ Book Presentations
Week 8: Case Study I: US Strategy in the Vietnam War
Week 9: Case Study II: The Turkish Strategy in the 1974 Cyprus War
Week 10: Spring Break
Week 11: The End of Political War I
Week 12: The End of Political War II
Week 13: Hybrid War/Asymetric War
Week 14: Future of Strategic Studies
Prof. Dr. Serhat Güvenç, Lisans ve yüksek lisans eğitimi Marmara Üniversitesi’nde, doktorasını ise Boğaziçi Üniversitesi’nde tamamlamıştır. Daha önce Koç, Chicago, Bilgi ve Boğaziçi Üniversitelerinde ders veren Güven. 2010 yılından bu yana Kadir Has Üniversitesi Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü’nde akademik çalışmalarını sürdürmektedir. Türk-Yunan ilişkileri, Türk-AB ilişkileri ve Güvenlik Çalışmaları konularında yurt içinde ve dışında yayınlanmış çeşitli çalışmaları bulunmaktadır.