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LEARNING FROM THE STONES A GO APPROACH TO MASTERING CHINA’S STRATEGIC CONCEPT, SHI pub378

LEARNING FROM THE STONES A GO APPROACH TO MASTERING CHINA’S STRATEGIC CONCEPT, SHI pub378

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LEARNING FROM THE STONES:A
GO
APPROACH TO
MASTERING CHINA’S STRATEGIC CONCEPT,
SHI 
David LaiMay 2004
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*****The author sincerely thanks Eric E. Fox, Lt Colonel USAF, for coining the titleof this study
Learning from the Stones.
*****The views expressed in this report are those of the author and do notnecessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the AirForce, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S.Government. This report is cleared for public release; distribution is unlimited.*****Comments pertaining to this report are invited and should be forwarded to:Director, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 122 Forbes Ave,Carlisle, PA 17013-5244. Copies of this report may be obtained from thePublications Office by calling (717) 245-4133, FAX (717) 245-3820, or by e-mail at
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FOREWORD
Most of the ideas that form of the foundation of American defensepolicy and military strategy today were once new and untested conceptsat the far edge of strategic thought. It took thinkers of vision and creativityto give them life and refine them to the point they could be adopted by thedefense community and used for strategy and force development. This isa never ending process: new strategic concepts constantly emerge, somefade away, a few pass the tests of suitability, feasibility, and acceptabilityand make it into the mainstream.To help with this process of identifying those new and untestedstrategic concepts that merit further examination, the Strategic StudiesInstitute
is publishing a special series called “Advancing
Strategic
Thought.” This provides a venue
--a safe haven--for creative, innovative,and experimental thinking about national security policy and militarystrategy.The following study by David Lai is the inaugural publication in theAdvancing Strategic Thought Series. In it, Dr. Lai uses the ancient game of
Go
as a metaphor for the Chinese approach to strategy. He shows that thisis very different than the linear method that underlies American strategy.By better understanding
Go
, Lai argues, American strategists could betterunderstand Chinese strategy.The Strategic Studies Institute is pleased to officer this unique andcreative analysis as part of the Advancing Strategic Thought Series.DOUGLAS C. LOVELACE, JR.DirectorStrategic Studies Institute

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