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Today's cry in democratic states, and not just from representatives of populist parties, is government with the people rather than government for the people. This presents a problem for issues of war and strategy. Presidents and Prime Ministers, in presenting their decisions to their electorates, use rhetoric borrowed from the Second World War, although they are not committing their states to wars on that scale. The declared ends do not match the means. The result is public confusion and strategic failure.

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Professor Sir Hew Strachan FBA FRSE

Sir Hew Strachan is a Scottish military historian and Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.

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