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Carson Doyle POLS 3202 Dr. Serri 2/21/2019 The Islamic State and Strategic Thinkers When analyzing the war with the Islamic State, the application of both Sun Tzu and Clausewitz styles of thinking are important due to the unconventional nature of this war. Clausewitz has historically been applied to conventional state versus state conflicts that have defined goals and are often times completely legitimized by the nations involved. Clausewitz styles of warfare are geared towards fighting other legitimate states that have standing armies and solid borders. When we analyze ISIS, we see a moving insurgency group that has a lack of distinction compared to the Russians or Chinese. American military strategists are heavily influenced by Clausewitz teachings but fail to see the issues in this conflict that make it difficult to fully apply his theory. Clausewitz is a proponent on bloody, decisive engagements. An issue
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  • Spring '18
  • Dr. Hamid Serri
  • World War II, Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, Clausewitz styles

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