The paper draws attention of the scientific and professional public to the importance of studying the strategy and renewing strategic studies. The author starts from the hypothesis that the strategy is inextricably linked to politics and that the study, proper interpretation and application of the principles and tenets of this science and skill is a line of survival, as well as the prosperity and national uprising of the states. In this paper, the author point of view is that strategy is a science and the skill of using the achieved victories to accomplish the policy objectives. The strategy is very old and actually exists from the first conflicts and wars. Most of basic principles of strategy was developed in the 18th and 19th century in works of Henry Lloyd, Antoine-Henry Jomini, Carl von Clausewitz, Helmuth Von Moltke and others. Our military and scientific thought followed the development of the strategy in works of Stanojlo Stokic, Jovan Andjelkovic, Zivojin Misic and others. In 20th century Liddell Hart, Raoul Castex, Edward Mead Earle and André Beaufre among others contributed to the development of a modern strategy. This significance of strategies has been maintained for more than two millennia, towards the modern age, when it became polistrategy and spilled over into many spheres of society.
The paper present theoretical framework of the strategy and great strategies, their factors and the sphere (field) of application. A great strategy is portrayed as the highest type of strategy that aligns and directs all resources of the state and thus ensures its survival in international relations. Edward Mead Earle, Liddell Hart and Paul Kennedy define that grand strategy combines military activities with other forms of policy (diplomacy, national will, morality, and political culture, economic resources, industry, finance, labor power and wealth) in order to maximise a community’s chances for success in war and peace.
Synergy and permeation of strategy, great strategy and politics in peace and war were presented. The paper also graphically and geometrically depicts the relation of politics, great strategy, strategy and peace and war. The author concludes that the strategy, the great strategy and the politics are closely linked, and that the decision-makers and commanders have to know their relations and legality in detail. Also, the author emphasizes the need to study strategic studies and points to their renewal in the future. Namely, according to the author’s opinion, in the light of the “accelerated” international relations in which conflicts, wars and interventions are more frequent, strategic studies are tasked to illuminate numerous issues of the use of military and non-military forces. Strategic studies are an inter-disciplinary field of study, which examines the ways in which military power and other coercive instruments may be used to achieve political aims. In fact, the effects of strategic studies on the external world may be greater than that achieved of many other social sciences. In the development of the model of new strategic studies in the Republic of Serbia, the University of Defense could play a central role in cooperation with the University of Belgrade, as well as other governmental and non-governmental institutes and organizations. The Republic of Serbia has numerous academic and professional staff from the areas to deal with new strategic studies.