Ken Bowen

Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.


Cor van Dijkum

Dorien DeTombe






The changes brought about by the collapse of Soviet Communism and what happened thereafter make it appropriate to reappraise UK defence requirements.

This article contains no 'solutions' as to how people ought to define the 'defence' of a nation, nor to how any such defence might be achieved.  The aim is to initiate a debate on what studies are worth putting in hand, avoiding stereotyped views of defence as a purely military activity.  In a world that is changing fast and facing threats of a new kind, the never-ending quest for peace and stability might benefit from a fresh approach.


Keywords: defence, integrity, identity, systems, process, nation


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