SECURITY POLICY: THE NATURE OF CONFLICT DETERMINES THE NATURE OF STRATEGY
In RSC Volume 9, Issue 3
Some conflicts might simply be caused by ‘material’ factor alone or ‘ideational’ factor alone. But generally, many conflicts embody both material and ideational factors; this makes such conflicts very complex. However, when attempting to resolve such conflicts, many times we fall into the danger of two extremities; exclusively relying on material resources or exclusively relying on ideational resources. This paper contends that the nature of a conflict should determine the nature of the strategy that will be formulated and implemented to resolve the conflict. Therefore, complex strategies which combine material and ideational resources are required to deal with complex conflicts. Consequently, the paper proposes the equilibrium and adaptation twin-strategy as an effective security policy or framework for complex conflicts.
This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 722826.