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Part II, 14 Classification in Future Conflict

Michael N Schmitt

From: International Law and the Classification of Conflicts

Edited By: Elizabeth Wilmshurst

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 January 2021

Subject(s):
Armed attack — Armed conflict — Terrorism
Anticipating the future is an inherently imprecise endeavour. It typically relies on preconceptions shaped by past events out of a sense that history evolves directionally. Therefore, the past offers clues as to the future’s likely vector. Nowhere is this truer than in efforts to craft visions of future conflict. We assume that conflict will evolve in an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, manner.Such assumptions underpin the development of national security and defence strategies, as well as the force planning and military doctrine which they engender. In...
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