A Fearful Symmetry: The New Soldier in the Age of Asymmetric Conflict
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A Fearful Symmetry: The New Soldier in the Age of Asymmetric Conflict

by Rumu Sarkar Ph.D.
     
 

This title provides a new and original framework for analysis of global terrorism, with a view to understanding and resolving Islamic-based, fundamentalist jihadism.

• Includes graphs and charts

• Provides a map of Islam in Africa

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Overview

This title provides a new and original framework for analysis of global terrorism, with a view to understanding and resolving Islamic-based, fundamentalist jihadism.

• Includes graphs and charts

• Provides a map of Islam in Africa

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Attorney, defense consulting firm advisor, and author Sarkar uses an innovative analytical style and a dialectic method to develop a new critical paradigm to resolve the hidden tensions that result in global terrorism. The author's transformational construct of the New Soldier is critical to the paradigm: a soldier who employs empathy, compassion,
and understanding as strategic weapons. The book's paradigm is tested against case studies of terrorism in failed states such as Somalia, Sudan, and Afghanistan." - Reference & Research Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313382321
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/09/2010
Series:
Praeger Security International Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Hans Binnendijk

"In this book Sarkar joins a growing chorus of authors from the diplomatic, defense and development communities who are exploring the ambiguities of contemporary conflict and calling for a new conceptualization: of warfare, of national interest, and of the capabilities needed by the U.S. to protect its national security interests. A Fearful Symmetry is a multi-disciplinary examination of what might be required to meet these new multi-dimensional challenges. The US military is already moving firmly in this direction, but A Fearful Symmetry goes further. Drawing from an extremely diverse literature, this book takes a boldly conceptual look at the need for a new kind of soldier."

Hans Binnendijk, Vice President for Research, National Defense University

Hew Strachan
"New challenges require new solutions. Rumu Sarkar's bold response to the challenges of counter-insurgency shifts the focus from the problems to the tools, from the character of small wars to the individuals required to fight them. In doing so, she brings to bear the deeply impressive range of disciplinary skills which will also be required of 'the new soldiers' she so powerfully portrays."

Hew Strachan

"New challenges require new solutions. Rumu Sarkar's bold response to the challenges of counter-insurgency shifts the focus from the problems to the tools, from the character of small wars to the individuals required to fight them. In doing so, she brings to bear the deeply impressive range of disciplinary skills which will also be required of 'the new soldiers' she so powerfully portrays."

Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford

Zachary Z. Kinney

"Professor Rumu Sarkar's book entitled, A Fearful Symmetry is both a new non lethal weapon of modern warfare, and a necessary addition to the tools we have available for making and winning wars in the twenty-first century.

Professor Sarkar solidly establishes herself as the new Sun Szu Wu in her monumental book A Fearful Symmetry. The book is the new Sun Szu's The Art of War. To be sure, it is the new On War, book by Carl Van Clausewitz. The book calls for the use of non- lethal weapons such as understanding and utilizing an enemy's culture, to help fight and win a war. After all, it has been said that wars are a battle of and for ideas. Ms. Sarkar also calls for understanding an enemy's history and politics in a further effort to find the weak point into the enemy's camp.

When I completed reading A Fearful Symmetry, I immediately began to better understand the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan and what we should be doing to win these wars. Additionally, Ms. Sarkar's airtight book brings a crystal clear clarity to General Patreas' Counter Insurgency (COIN) Program. Very few, if any books, can make this claim.

As a former career military international law officer, and student of war, A Fearful Symmetry I believe, is a must read. It is also a new weapon that needs quick integration in, and use for, our war efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan. A Fearful Symmetry is powerful and cogent, and it will help us to win."

Zachary Z. Kinney, Major, USAF, Retired

Zachary Z. Kinney
"Professor Rumu Sarkar's book entitled, A Fearful Symmetry is both a new non lethal weapon of modern warfare, and a necessary addition to the tools we have available for making and winning wars in the twenty-first century.

Professor Sarkar solidly establishes herself as the new Sun Szu Wu in her monumental book A Fearful Symmetry. The book is the new Sun Szu's The Art of War. To be sure, it is the new On War, book by Carl Van Clausewitz. The book calls for the use of non- lethal weapons such as understanding and utilizing an enemy's culture, to help fight and win a war. After all, it has been said that wars are a battle of and for ideas. Ms. Sarkar also calls for understanding an enemy's history and politics in a further effort to find the weak point into the enemy's camp.

When I completed reading A Fearful Symmetry, I immediately began to better understand the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan and what we should be doing to win these wars. Additionally, Ms. Sarkar's airtight book brings a crystal clear clarity to General Patreas' Counter Insurgency (COIN) Program. Very few, if any books, can make this claim.

As a former career military international law officer, and student of war, A Fearful Symmetry I believe, is a must read. It is also a new weapon that needs quick integration in, and use for, our war efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan. A Fearful Symmetry is powerful and cogent, and it will help us to win."

Hans Binnendijk
"In this book Sarkar joins a growing chorus of authors from the diplomatic, defense and development communities who are exploring the ambiguities of contemporary conflict and calling for a new conceptualization: of warfare, of national interest, and of the capabilities needed by the U.S. to protect its national security interests. A Fearful Symmetry is a multi-disciplinary examination of what might be required to meet these new multi-dimensional challenges. The US military is already moving firmly in this direction, but A Fearful Symmetry goes further. Drawing from an extremely diverse literature, this book takes a boldly conceptual look at the need for a new kind of soldier."

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Meet the Author

Rumu Sarkar is senior legal advisor at CALIBRE Systems, a defense consulting firm located in Alexandria, VA.

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