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Clausewitz’ teori om krigens natur som baggrund for en analyse af krigen i Donbas i 2014

Studenteropgave: Masterprojekt

  • Valdemar Secher
Afgangsprojekt, Master i Militære Studier (Masteruddannelse)
This thesis sets out to gauge the extent to which central ideas of Carl von Clausewitz’ theory of war can aid us in understanding the dynamics of war in the 21st century. This is done through the application of Clausewitz’ theory onto a contemporary “hybrid war” which involves aspects of both interstate and intrastate warfare, and which is fought by a mix of conventional army and irregular proxy forces.
By applying this theory onto the backdrop that is the war in Eastern Ukraines Donbas region 2014, it reasserts the timeless qualities of Clausewitz’ central framework known as the “wondrous trinity”, comprising of the three tendencies of passion, chance and purpose. It does so by evidencing the constant interaction of the tendencies, their mutually reinforcing and moderating qualities, and their potentially decisive influences on the war’s development.
Departing from the research question of the relevance and applicability of Clausewitz’ theory of war to contemporary warfare, the thesis concludes that much insight and much understanding can indeed be derived from approaching war in a structured manner as inspired by the “wondrous trinity”.
Udgivelsesdato28 jun. 2019
Antal sider69
Udgivende institutionForsvarsakademiet
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