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Overview

When the cold war ended, many hoped it signified enhanced prospects for a more stable world. However, despite favorable political developments, the post-cold war period has been marked by turbulence, uncertainty, and challenge. The actions of rogue states such as Iraq and North Korea have made nuclear proliferation more unpredictable. Violence in Somalia and Bosnia has cast doubt on the viability of international peacekeeping arrangements. Hopes for expanding democratization have been dimmed by assertions that the values of liberal democracy and human rights are incompatible with non-Western cultures. The Adaptive Military describes how military security policies and practices have adapted to these new times and explains why such changes are necessary.

The central argument is that current conflicts have been shaped by long-term trends, which increased the number and complexity of threats that the developed world is supposed to meet, and correspondingly decreased the stock of social and political options available to meet them.

Although the authors differ in their assessments about the current prospects for peace and ways to maintain security, the issues they address are as critical as they were at the end of the Cold War. Mobilizing resources and political support for remote and difficult enterprises will always remain contentious, but if we recognize the hazard of letting violence run unopposed throughout the world, then we bear some responsibility to consider how it might be checked. This volume is an exercise of that responsibility. It will be of great interest to experts in military studies and international relations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765804723
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 1,451,135
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Burk is professor of sociology at Texas A&M University and was formerly editor of Armed Forces and Society. He is the author of many articles on civil-military relations and editor of Morris Janowitz: On Social Organization and Social Control.

James Burk is professor of sociology at Texas A&M University and was formerly editor of Armed Forces and Society. He is the author of many articles on civil-military relations and editor of Morris Janowitz: On Social Organization and Social Control.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction, 1998: Ten Years of New Times 1
1 Thinking Through the End of the Cold War 25
2 Armed Force and Armed Forces in a Turbulent World 49
3 The Future of Transitional Warfare 87
4 The Shifting Threat and American National Security: Sources and Consequences of Change 115
5 A Farewell to Arms? The Military and the Nation-State in a Changing World 139
6 The Postmodern Military 163
7 Multinational Peacekeeping Operations: Background and Effectiveness 183
8 The Challenge of Nonviolence in the New World Order 201
Contributors 221
Index 223
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