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<em>Offense, Defense, and War</em>

Offense, Defense, and War

Book, MIT Press

October 2004

Authors: Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Editor, International Security; Series Editor, Belfer Center Studies in International Security, Owen R. Coté, Editor, International Security, Michael E. Brown, Editorial Board Member and Former Co-Editor, Quarterly Journal: International Security, Steven E. Miller, Director, International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief, International Security; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom

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Offense-defense theory argues that the relative ease of offense and defense varies in international politics. When the offense has the advantage, military conquest becomes easier and war is more likely. When the defense has the advantage, the opposite is more likely. The balance between offense and defense depends on geography, technology, and other factors. This theory, and the body of related theories, has generated much debate and research over the past twenty-five years.

This collection presents a comprehensive overview of offense-defense theory. It includes contending views on the theory and some of the most recent attempts to refine and test it.

Michael E. Brown is Editor of International Security and Director of the Security Studies Program and the Center for Peace and Security Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is co-editor of Fighting Words: Language Policy and Ethnic Relations in Asia (The MIT Press, September 2003).

Owen R. Coté, Jr., is Editor of International Security and Associate Director of the Security Studies Program at MIT.

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is a Research Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and is Editor of International Security.

Steven E. Miller is editor-in-chief of International Security and Director of the International Security Program of BCSIA. He is co-editor of The Russian Military: Power and Policy (The MIT Press, September 2004).


For more information about this publication please contact the IS Editorial Assistant at 617-495-1914.

For Academic Citation:

Brown, Michael E., Owen R. Cote Jr., Sean M. Lynn-Jones, and Steven E. Miller, eds. Offense, Defense, and War. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, October 2004.

Document Length: 461 pp.

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