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Seeing the Elephant : The U.S. Role in Global Security - Richard L. Kugler

Seeing the Elephant

The U.S. Role in Global Security

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Published: 1st December 2006
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What is the current state of the global security system, and where is it headed? What challenges and opportunities do we face, and what dangers are emerging? How will various regions of the world be affected? How can the United States best act to help shape the future while protecting its security, interests, and values? How can the United States deal with the threats of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction? An intellectual history of U.S. national security thinking since the end of the fall of the Soviet Union, Seeing the Elephant is an attempt to see the evolving international security system and America’s role in it through the eyes of more than fifty perceptive authors who have analyzed key aspects of the unfolding post–Cold War drama. Its premise is that, like the blind men in the Buddhist fable who each feels a different part of an elephant, these authors and their assessments, taken together, can give us a better view of where the world is headed.

"Drs. Binnendijk and Kugler have rendered a genuine intellectual service by their comprehensive appraisal of the most significant contemporary literature on geostrategic issues. Their volume should be of enormous value not only to students and academics but especially to policymakers. It provides an incisive overview of the main directions of America's strategic thought." - Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter "The sudden collapse of the Soviet Union caught most experts by surprise. The ensuing changes in the global landscape have been as surprising and unexpected as the end of the Cold War itself. This extraordinary book is perhaps the best synthesis of the intellectual efforts aimed at making sense of this new world and at distilling its consequences for decisionmakers. Seeing the Elephant is bound to become an indispensable reference for many years to come." - Moises Naim, editor in chief, Foreign Policy "Seeing the Elephant is a terrific and timely book. It is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in national security strategy who does not have time to digest the more than fifty books summarized and distilled here. Better yet, the authors have provided a clear and accessible analytical framework that will help readers identify and remember the big ideas and important debates in the national security literature past, present, and future." - Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University"

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
A Neo-Kantian World of Progressp. 15
A Neo-Hobbesian World of Turmoilp. 59
A New Age of Empowermentp. 105
U.S. National Security Goals and Constraintsp. 161
U.S. Defense Strategiesp. 217
Seeing the Elephantp. 277
Notesp. 293
Biographies of Authors Reviewedp. 303
Indexp. 311
About the Authorsp. 319
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ISBN: 9781597971003
ISBN-10: 1597971006
Series: National Defense University
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st December 2006
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45