The Use of Force: Military Power and International Politics / Edition 7

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The Use of Force, long considered a classic in its own right, brings together enduring and influential works on the role of military power in foreign policy and international politics. Now in its seventh edition, the reader includes ten new selections to take account of key current international issues. Meticulously chosen and edited by leading scholars Robert J. Art and Kenneth N. Waltz, the selections are grouped under three headings: theories, key case studies, and contemporary issues. The first section includes essays that cover the security dilemma, terrorism, the sources of military doctrine, the nuclear revolution, and the fungibility of force. The second section includes case studies in the use of force that span the period from World War I through the war in Iraq. The final section considers issues concerning the projection of U.S. military power, the spread of biological and nuclear weapons, intervention in internal conflicts, and coping with terrorism and insurgencies. Continuing the tradition of previous editions, this fully updated reader collects the best analysis by influential thinkers on the use of force in international affairs.

Contributions by: Bruce J. Allyn, Robert J. Art, James G. Blight, McGeorge Bundy, Audrey Kurth Cronin, David M. Edelstein, Benjamin H. Friedman, John Lewis Gaddis, Alexander L. George, Morton H. Halperin, Robert Jervis, Chaim Kaufmann, David Kilcullen, Gregory Koblentz, Christopher Layne, John J. Mearsheimer, Louis Morton, Michael O'Hanlon, Robert A. Pape, Paul R. Pillar, Barry R. Posen, Christopher Preble, Ehsaneh I. Sadr, Scott D. Sagan, Sir George Sansom, Harvey M. Sapolsky, Jack L. Snyder, Stephen M. Walt, Barbara F. Walter, Kenneth N. Waltz, and David Welch

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Editorial Reviews

Daniel Byman
The Use of Force has long been an invaluable aid for understanding critical security issues. The articles in the latest edition address both classic strategic problems and the emerging challenges in the world today.
Risa Brooks
The Use of Force is an essential resource for scholars and students concerned with the fundamental security problems of our day. It should be at the top of the list for anyone seeking an anthology of international security issues.
Daniel L. Byman
The Use of Force has long been an invaluable aid for understanding critical security issues. The articles in the latest edition address both classic strategic problems and the emerging challenges in the world today.
Marine Corps Gazette
Written by some of today's most well-known and established academics and foreign policy strategists. . . . This book will make an excellent addition to the professional library of any Marine leader concerned with how the Corps can most effectively structure itself to remain a leading instrument in the implementation of American foreign policy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742556690
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/16/2009
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 539
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Art is professor of international relations at Brandeis University. Kenneth N. Waltz (1924–2013) was adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University and research associate of the Institute of War and Peace Studies.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Strategies for the Use of Force
Chapter 1: The Fungibility of Force
Chapter 2: The Sources of Military Doctrine
Chapter 3: Cooperation under the Security Dilemma
Chapter 4: Coercive Diplomacy
Chapter 5: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Chapter 6: The Unimpressive Record of Atomic Diplomacy
Chapter 7: The Utility of Nuclear Deterrence
Chapter 8: Nuclear Myths & Political Realities
Part II: Case Studies in the Use of Force
Chapter 9: The Cult of the Offensive in 1914
Chapter 10: Hitler and the Blitzkrieg Strategy
Chapter 11: Japan's Fatal Blunder
Chapter 12: The Decision to Use Atomic Bomb
Chapter 13: The Korean War
Chapter 14: The Cuban Missile Crisis
Chapter 15: Implementing Flexible Response: Vietnam as a Test Case
Chapter 16: The Afghani War: A Flawed Masterpiece
Chapter 17: The U. S. and Coercive Diplomacy
Chapter 18: Learning the Right Lessons from Iraq
Part III: Current Military Issues
Chapter 19: From Preponderance to Offshore Balancing
Chapter 20: The Strategy of Selective Engagement
Chapter 21: Taming American Power
Chapter 22: Pathogens as Weapons: The International Security Implications of Biological Warfare
Chapter 23: The Impact of Iran's Nuclearization on Israel
Chapter 24: Nuclear Instability in South Asia
Chapter 25: Nuclear Stability in South Asia
Chapter 26: Intervention in Ethnic and Ideological Civil Wars
Chapter 27: Military Responses to Refugee Disasters
Chapter 28: The Critical Barrier to Civil War Settlement
Chapter 29: Occupational Hazards: Why Military Occupations Succeed or Fail
Chapter 30: Counter-insurgency Redux
Chapter 31: Dealing with Terrorists
Chapter 32: How al-Qaida Ends: The Decline and Demise of Terrorist Groups

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