What the West got Wrong about Russia and Other Rogue States



We are living in an age of conflict: Russia's resurgence and China's rise, global terrorism, international criminal empires, climate change and dwindling natural resources.

But while the West has been playing the same old war games, the enemy has a new strategy.

The rules have changed, and we are dangerously unprepared.

Former paratrooper Sean McFate has been on the front lines of conflict, and seen first-hand the horrors of battle. As a Professor of Strategy, he understands the complexity of the current military situation.

In this new age of war:

· Plausible deniability is more potent than firepower
· Russia has become a disinformation superpower, twisting the West's perception of reality
· Sanctions are blunt instruments that starve only the masses, not the elite
· Victory will belong to the cunning, not the strong
· New types of world powers will rule

Learn how to triumph in the coming age of conflict in ten new rules. Adapt and we can prevail. Fail, and size and strength won't protect us.

This is The Art of War for the 21st century.

'Some of what he says makes more sense than much of what comes out of the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence' Max Hastings, Sunday Times

'Thought-provoking' Johnathon Evans, Former Head of MI5

'Fascinating and disturbing' Economist


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About the author

Sean McFate

SEAN McFATE is a Professor of Strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, in Washington DC. He served as a paratrooper in the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division and then worked for a major private military corporation, where he ran operations similar to those in his novels Shadow War and Deep Black. He is the author of The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order, and holds a BA from Brown University, an MA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He lives with his family in Washington, DC. You can learn more at www.seanmcfate.com.
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