The Journal of International Security Affairs, Spring/Summer 2013by Henry Cooper
This issue – Spring/Summer 2013 – offers an evaluation of America’s progress on missile defense since President Ronald Reagan’s landmark 1983 speech proposing a national
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The Journal of International Security Affairs is a semi-annual, scholarly journal covering foreign and defense policy with articles, interviews, and book reviews.
This issue – Spring/Summer 2013 – offers an evaluation of America’s progress on missile defense since President Ronald Reagan’s landmark 1983 speech proposing a national effort to free the country from the shackles of a strategic security doctrine that rested solely on nuclear retaliation to a Soviet attack. This spring marks the 30th anniversary of that speech. To mark the occasion, this issue features articles by nine leading experts about the current state of U.S. defenses against ballistics missile attack, as well as about the evolving nature of the ballistic missile threat.
Lieutenant General James A. Abrahamson, USAF (ret.) and Ambassador Henry F. Cooper, the first and third directors of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization respectively, lay out the early policy challenges and successes for missile defense within the U.S. and our allies. They observe that a victory was won in that there is no longer a serious debate about whether missile defense is needed but that the argument is over the most effective missile defense that can be had.
The Hon. Robert Joseph, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, dissects the ABM Treaty and its legacy. The Hudson Institute’s Jack David, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, examines the prescience of President Reagan’s vision as the United States today confronts multiple hostile states armed with ballistic missiles. Robert Pfaltzgraff, Jr., the President of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, makes the case that a layered defense is just as necessary today as it was in the early 1980s. The Heritage Foundation’s Baker Spring takes a look back on 30 years of missile defense and sees that the core principles of President Reagan’s advocacy of American security and prosperity endure. Jeff Keuter, President of the George C. Marshall Institute, examines how the spread of U.S.-derived missile defenses has led to a mutual obligation to the joint defense of the countries involved. Additional articles by Rebeccah Heinrichs, Richard M. Harrison, and Michaela Dodge take on budget challenges and missile defense by directed energy and space-based interceptors.
Our attention is then turned to Latin America, leading off with a prescient article on threats and challenges emanating from the region by Renee Novakoff, Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Southern Command. Additional articles by Amb. Jaime Daremblum, Amb. Ray Walser, Joseph Humire, and Matthew Levitt cover topics ranging from the region’s growing importance to the United States to Hezbollah’s and Iran’s increasing presence there. Finally, James Colbert, Deputy Editor of this Journal, and William Smearcheck, Research Associate at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, examine Colombia’s stunning success in transforming itself from a near failed state to one of the region’s most dynamic and stable countries within a 10-year span.
The “Perspective” interviewee is one of the country’s consummate conservative thinkers, former Speaker of the House of Representatives The Honorable Newt Gingrich. We also have “dispatches” examining developments in London, Bolivia, and India.
Concluding this edition are four important new works: on the Soviet Union’s subjugation of its citizens, the uses of computational analysis of terrorist groups, the promotion of human rights as a key element of U.S. foreign policy, and an examination of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
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