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During this publication, Dyson explains the convergence and divergence among British, French and German defence reforms within the post-Cold struggle period. He engages with cultural and realist theories and develops a neoclassical realist method of switch and stasis in defence coverage, bringing new fabric to endure at the elements that have affected defence reforms.

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1 Europe’s Partial and Selective Emulation of the US-led Revolution in Military Affairs Patterns of convergence and divergence in defence reform: The objectives, instruments, institutional forums and temporality of defence policy According to Colin Bennett (1991: 19) policy convergence represents ‘a process of “becoming” rather than a condition of “being” alike…there must be movement over time to some common point. In comparative research…the essential theoretical dimension is temporal rather than spatial’.

V. Ogarkov. 5 The RMA draws upon the Marxist-Leninist tradition of revolutionary discontinuity in historical development. It rests upon the assumption that whilst warfare develops in an evolutionary manner, at certain periods, revolutionary advances in technology and ideas can offer the prospect of significant military advantage, recalibrating the global balance of power in favour of those able to take advantage of new developments (Metz, 2006: 3). 6 Clausewitz posited that in seeking to compel an adversary to one’s will through the destruction of his armed forces, war would escalate to its ‘pure’ or absolute form: ‘an explosion of uncontrolled violence’.

50 In contrast to its 2004 predecessor, FM 3-24 places cultural/anthropological approaches centre-stage and emphasises the operational and strategic aspects of conflict (Corum, 2007: 132; Hauser, 2007: 169). In doing so, the manual resurrects a number of the traditional operational features of US COIN operations, drawn from a thorough analysis of the history of COIN. FM 3-24 underscores, in particular, the importance of a close understanding of the local population. 55 FM 3-24 also argues that ‘some of the best weapons for counterinsurgents do not shoot’56 (Corum, 2007: 133; Hauser, 2007: 169).

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