The Use of Force: Military Power and International Politics

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Robert J. Art, Kenneth Neal Waltz
Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - Political Science - 539 pages
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The Use of Force, long considered a classic in its own right, brings together enduring and influential works on the role of military power in foreign policy and international politics. Now in its seventh edition, the reader includes ten new selections to take account of key current international issues. Meticulously chosen and edited by leading scholars Robert J. Art and Kenneth N. Waltz, the selections are grouped under three headings: theories, key case studies, and contemporary issues. The first section includes essays that cover the security dilemma, terrorism, the sources of military doctrine, the nuclear revolution, and the fungibility of force. The second section includes case studies in the use of force that span the period from World War I through the war in Iraq. The final section considers issues concerning the projection of U.S. military power, the spread of biological and nuclear weapons, intervention in internal conflicts, and coping with terrorism and insurgencies. Continuing the tradition of previous editions, this fully updated reader collects the best analysis by influential thinkers on the use of force in international affairs. Contributions by: Bruce J. Allyn, Robert J. Art, James G. Blight, McGeorge Bundy, Audrey Kurth Cronin, David M. Edelstein, Benjamin H. Friedman, John Lewis Gaddis, Alexander L. George, Morton H. Halperin, Robert Jervis, Chaim Kaufmann, David Kilcullen, Gregory Koblentz, Christopher Layne, John J. Mearsheimer, Louis Morton, Michael O'Hanlon, Robert A. Pape, Paul R. Pillar, Barry R. Posen, Christopher Preble, Ehsaneh I. Sadr, Scott D. Sagan, Sir George Sansom, Harvey M. Sapolsky, Jack L. Snyder, Stephen M. Walt, Barbara F. Walter, Kenneth N. Waltz, and David Welch
 

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Contents

The Fungibility of Force
3
The Sources of Military Doctrine
23
Cooperation under the Security Dilemma
44
Coercive Diplomacy
72
The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
79
The Unimpressive Record of Atomic Diplomacy
99
The Utility of Nuclear Deterrence
108
Nuclear Myths and Political Realities
116
Current Military Issues
309
From Preponderance to Offshore Balancing
311
The Strategy of Selective Engagement
327
Taming American Power
349
Pathogens as Weapons The International Security Implications of Biological Warfare
358
The Impact of Irans Nuclearization on Israel
371
Nuclear Instability in South Asia
382
Nuclear Stability in South Asia
394

Case Studies in the Use of Force
133
The Cult of the Offensive in 1914
135
Hitler and the Blitzkrieg Strategy
152
Japans Fatal Blunder
167
The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
179
The Korean War
195
The Cuban Missile Crisis
211
Implementing Flexible Response Vietnam as a Test Case
235
The Afghani War A Flawed Masterpiece
261
The US and Coercive Diplomacy
272
Learning the Right Lessons from Iraq
294
Intervention in Ethnic and Ideological Civil Wars
406
Military Responses to Refugee Disasters
427
The Critical Barrier to Civil War Settlement
448
Occupational Hazards Why Military Occupations Succeed or Fail
462
Counterinsurgency Redux
486
Dealing with Terrorists
501
How alQaida Ends The Decline and Demise of Terrorist Groups
509
Acknowledgments
533
About the Contributors
537
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Robert J. Art is professor of international relations at Brandeis University. Kenneth N. Waltz (1924 2013) was adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University and research associate of the Institute of War and Peace Studies.

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