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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Security Studies (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804776660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804776660
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Caldwell provides a detailed account of how September 11th transformed the orientation of the Bush administration and of President Bush's sense of mission to go after terrorists in general with a 'global war on terror' and the Bush Doctrine which abandoned the policies of deterrence and containment for offensive actions against terrorist groups like al Qaeda and state supporters with preventive war if necessary."—Thomas Maddux, H-Diplo


"As we approach the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, a holistic understanding of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan is long overdue. Dan Caldwell provides a reasoned analysis of the national security struggles we face as a nation, and what to do about them. Highly recommended."—John Nagl, President of the Center for a New American Security and author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife


"A harbinger of a second wave of books on the Iraq war, thorough in its research, well grounded historically, insightful in its analysis; approached with an admirable mix of personal conviction and professional scholarship, making a valuable contribution to our understanding of this seminal event and its lessons for American foreign policy."—Bruce W. Jentleson, Duke University


"Vortex of Conflict analyzes US policy in three conflict-torn countries. In one volume, Caldwell creates a book perfect for the area expert who wants to understand war, or the security specialist who needs to learn the socio-political context of today's conflicts. The bibliography and chronology alone are worth the price of the book. Great work from a first-rank scholar!"—Joseph J. Collins, Professor of National Security Strategy, the National War College


"Dan Caldwell writes in his customary, clear and concise style—easily read by scholars, students, and a wide general readership. The book is historically well grounded, providing the reader with necessary background for understanding the 'vortex of conflict' that continues to engage U.S. policymakers."—Paul Viotti, Executive Director, Institute on Globalization & Security, University of Denver

About the Author

Dan Caldwell is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University. Previously, he held positions at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, Brown University, and the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C. His books include American-Soviet Relations, The Dynamics of Domestic Politics of Arms Control, World Politics and You, and Seeking Security in an Insecure World. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chair of the Council's Academic Outreach Initiative.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Syntax on August 20, 2011
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Reading this excellent analysis of our recent conflicts in the Mideast is like enrolling in a really great class. Professor Caldwell's book is wonderfully informative, organized, and clear, avoiding jargon, finger-pointing, and partisanship to truly educate a general populace on the policies, strategies, and assumptions that have gotten the United States embroiled in a seeming never-ending war.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By e.claire on March 14, 2011
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If you read the paper today and wonder how the U.S. got where it is in Afghanistan and Iraq today, this book is for you. If you have served in Iraq and wonder, as the Army Reserves veteran in the preface does, "why was I there?" - this book is for you. If you grew up as part of Generation X and Y and have seen intermittent U.S. conflict and wars with Iraq as a constant backdrop in your life, this book is for you.

In "Vortex," Caldwell offers a comprehensive and holistic history of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq while also laying the framework for his detailed analysis of American foreign policy and the United States' current standing with these countries.
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A must read for citizens from all nations,relgions, and ethnic backgrounds to assess the complex history, invations by competing countries for territory and influence over many centuries. Understanding of the Islamic religion as it relates to the coutries dicussed along with its own divisions within the Muslim world, both past and present. Our (United States) lack of understanding of the afore mentioned, I feel was aptly portrayed within the text of Prof. Dan Caldwell's excellent analysis of how the military complex and politicians ignored the past with unintended consequences.
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More About the Author

Dan Caldwell is currently Distinguished Professor of International Relations at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he has been a professor since 1978. Prof. Caldwell earned his AB, MA and PhD degrees at Stanford University and a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the University of Southern California, UCLA and Brown University.

Among the awards that Dr. Caldwell has received are Professor of the Year at Pepperdine University, the Charles and Harriet Luckman Teaching Award, the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs at Harvard University, and a United States Institute of Peace Fellowship

Prof. Caldwell served for three years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve and during that time held positions at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and in the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C.

Professor Caldwell is the author of American-Soviet Relations, The Dynamics of Domestic Politics of Arms Control, World Politics and You and most recently (with Robert Williams), Seeking Security in an Insecure World, and Vortex of Conflict: U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. In addition, he has edited four books: Henry Kissinger: His Personality and Policies, Soviet International Behavior and U.S. Policy Options, The Politics of Arms Control Treaty Ratification (with Michael Krepon), and Diplomacy, Force and Leadership (with Timothy McKeown).

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