War over Kosovo: Politics and Strategy in a Global Age

Overview

More than any other episode since the end of the Cold War, the conflict in Kosovo revealed the distinctive attributes of a new American "way of war." In so doing, Kosovo also brought into sharp focus the military, political, and moral dilemmas confronting a liberal democracy intent on wielding preeminent power on a global scale.

What are the moral implications posed by waging high-tech warfare for humanitarian purposes? Does the precedent set by intervention of this type point ...

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Overview

More than any other episode since the end of the Cold War, the conflict in Kosovo revealed the distinctive attributes of a new American "way of war." In so doing, Kosovo also brought into sharp focus the military, political, and moral dilemmas confronting a liberal democracy intent on wielding preeminent power on a global scale.

What are the moral implications posed by waging high-tech warfare for humanitarian purposes? Does the precedent set by intervention of this type point toward peace and stability or toward more war? How well suited are the United States military and American society as a whole to the security challenges of the age of globalization?

According to Bacevich and Cohen, gauging the "success" achieved in Kosovo yields important answers to these and related questions. The volume includes a well-crafted historical overview of the war and six essays that place it in a broader context. The contributors explore the conflict's relationship to U.S. grand strategy, the Revolution in Military Affairs, and American civil-military relations, among other topics.

Contributors: William A. Arkin, Andrew J. Bacevich, Eliot A. Cohen, Alberto R. Coll, James Kurth, Anatol Lieven, Michael Vickers

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Military Review - MAJ Michael A. WOrmley

The beauty of the book is its insightful analysis of the grand security strategy implications for the United States and the world...It is imperative that all military professionals internalize the book's conclusions. The analyses are prescient, complementary, and well supported. Study of the profession of arms demands that this wise work be included in any professional library.

Major; Military Review - Michael A. Wormley
The beauty of the book is its insightful analysis of the grand security strategy implications for the United States and the world...It is imperative that all military professionals internalize the book's conclusions. The analyses are prescient, complementary, and well supported. Study of the profession of arms demands that this wise work be included in any professional library.
Foreign Affairs

Bacevich and Cohen see important problems with [the military model in Kosovo].

Military Review
The beauty of the book is its insightful analysis of the grand security strategy implications for the United States and the world...It is imperative that all military professionals internalize the book's conclusions. The analyses are prescient, complementary, and well supported. Study of the profession of arms demands that this wise work be included in any professional library.

— MAJ Michael A. WOrmley, USAF

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231124829
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/26/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of international relations at Boston University where he also serves as director of the university's Center for International Relations. He is the author of The Pentomic Era: The U.S. Army Between Korea and Vietnam.Eliot Cohen is professor of strategic studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, where he is also the founding director of the Center for Strategic Education. He is the coauthor of Revolution in Warfare?: Air Power in the Persian Gulf.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, by Andrew J. Bacevich and Eliot A. CohenOperation Allied Force: "The Most Precise Application of Air Power in History", by William M. ArkinKosovo and the New American Way of War, by Eliot A. CohenFirst War of the Global Era: Kosovo and U.S. Grand Strategy, by James KurthHubris and Nemesis: Kosovo and the Pattern of Western Military Ascendancy and Defeat, by Anatol LievenKosovo and the Moral Burdens of Power, by Alberto R. CollNeglected Trinity: Kosovo and the Crisis in U.S. Civil-Military Relations, by Andrew J. BacevichKosovo and the Revolution in Military Affairs, by Michael G. VickersA Note on Contributors

Columbia University Press

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