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The Search for Security: A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Twenty-First Century

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ISBN-13: 978-0275968632
ISBN-10: 0275968634
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"This book provides incisive guidance for developing a relevant, effective grand strategy for the 21st century. It will make a significant contribution to the literature and be useful to both academics and practitioners in the security and defense fields."-Robert L. Wendzel Merrill Professor of Political Science Utah State University

"These three seasoned experts and sound thinkers offer a readable and well-reasoned contribution to the on-going search for a new paradigm for American national security and foreign policy. The book is must reading for those interested in the formulation and implementation of national security policy in today's evolving and dangerous world."-Admiral William J. Crowe Jr. (Ret.) Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Ambassador to the United Kingdom

"This book will prove a valuable addition to the libraries of practitioners and academics alike. The authors present a novel and more forward-looking approach to strategic focus, that of state failure, in their relatively comprehensive review of national strategy dilemmas and characteristics. Grand strategy in the age of mass interdependent societies needs such a focus and such analysis to be effective."-Chris Demchak Associate Professor, University of Arizona

"This volume is a timely effort by three experts in the field of national security to revitalize strategic thinking. The authors make a special contribution to the understanding necessary for the formulation and implementation of effective foreign policy in a world changed by the end of the cold war, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States, a technical/informatic revolution, and globalization."-General Dennis J. Reimer (Ret.) Director, Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

"This new, serious and solid book is a good guide for the perplexed on national strategies for the 21st Century. It is a "must read" for all serious students and practitioners of American strategy. A cut well above the usual conference-produced book, it focuses on the need to establish strategy on sound, long-range principles, not short-term problem solving, and on the need for good governance at home and abroad. It suggests a reorganization at home to make it happen and ends with the solid home truth that we will certainly be undone if we do nothing."-Thomas R. Pickering, Senior Vice President International Relations, The Boeing Company former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, Russia, and the United States

About the Author

MAX G. MANWARING is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Dickinson College. He is the editor or co-editor of several books, including El Salvador at War: An Oral History (1989), Managing Contemporary Conflict: Pillars of Success (1996), and Toward Responsibility in the New World Disorder: Challenges and Lessons of Peace Operations (1998).

EDWIN G. CORR is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer and is now Director of the Energy Institute of the Americas and Associate Director of the International Programs Center at the University of Oklahoma. He has written and edited various articles and books, including Low-Intensity Conflict: Old Threats in a New World.

ROBERT H. DORFF is Chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy and holder of the General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair at the U.S. Army War College.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (June 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275968634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275968632
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,718,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 4, 2003
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This book is a gem, and it is worth every penny, but it is a pity that it has not been priced for mass market because every U.S. citizen would benefit from reading this superb collection of chapters focused on how to keep America both safe and prosperous in a volatile world of super-empowered angry men, ethnic criminal gangs, mass migrations, epidemic disease, and water scarcity.
President David Boren of the University of Oklahoma, himself a former Senator and former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, provides a non-partisan foreword that clearly indicts both Democrats and Republicans for what he calls a "zig-zag" foreign policy that is guided by TV images and weekly polls, rather than any coherent and calculated evaluation of ends, ways, and means.
Divided into three parts, the book first addresses the Global Security Environment (2 chapters), then discusses elements of a grand or total strategy (5 chapters), and concludes with a prescription (2 chapters). Every chapter is good.
Chapter 1 by Richard Millet does an outstanding job of discussing the global security environment in terms that make it crystal clear that the highest probability threats are non-traditional threats, generally involving non-state actors in a failed state environment. These are not threats that can be addressed by a heavy metal military that is not trained, equipped, nor organized for humanitarian or constabulary operations. Among his most trenchant observations: America can not succeed when the local elites (e.g. Colombia) are not willing to pay the price for internal justice and stability; sometimes the costs of success can exceed the costs of failure (Afghanistan?
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This book is compilation of disparate contributors, but is remarkably well focused on formulating a realistic Grand Strategy to guide U.S. policy in the 21st Century. The contributions to this work are uniformly well done, but the book's editor, Max Manwaring deserves a good deal of credit for the manner that the book is organized.
This book begins with a discussion of the threat environment of 21st Century that contributor Richard Millet sees as a multi-level complex set of often interrelated threats running from violent physical confrontations to humanitarian disasters all of which impact on U.S. National Security. Robert Dorff then provides an appraisal of the current U.S. national Security Strategy and the policies it supports.
The most original and, for this reader, most interesting section has to do with the formulation of a U.S. Grand Strategy as effected by the phenomenon of globalization, its related economic interdependence and subsequent commercial restructuring, and the expanding role of information as a driver of globalization and increasing multi-national interdependence. In this section there is a truly original discussion of national governance and the issues of legitimate government versus failed states. And of course there is a detailed and well thought discussion of the issue of proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) both as a destabilizing factor and as a challenge to the formulation of a grand strategy.
The conclusion of the book is focused on a rather too broad discussion a proper Grand Strategy for the U.S. that would deal with what the book established as a 21st Century threat environment.
The book is well organized with each section leading smoothly into the next and makes a good case multi-disciplinary, multi-level strategic planning.
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