Berman (Tehran Rising), vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Council, offers a comprehensive strategy for reclaiming "the offensive" in the "global war on terror." He expresses optimism cautiously, but warns that the gains-especially in Afghanistan-are tenuous and that the U.S. risks losing the initiative to the terrorists. He proposes a broad approach that emphasizes the political, economic and legal fronts in this long war, cautioning-as has Defense Secretary Robert Gates-that "the military should not... be the tip of the spear." As concerned with Iran as with al-Qaeda, the author recommends an array of tactics-some more hopeful than helpful-including political outreach, an Iranian embargo, educational assistance, updated laws of war and disrupting terrorist fund-raising. There is much of interest, although the main thrust of Berman's argument-the need for a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy-is the new conventional wisdom. Nevertheless, Berman's careful analysis and thoughtful conclusions are a welcome addition to the ongoing debate about the way forward . (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Winning the Long War: Retaking the Offensive against Radical Islamby Ilan Berman
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Winning the Long War is a trenchant examination of the past seven years of the Global War on Terror, the future battlegrounds that will confront the United States in the struggle against radical Islam in the years ahead, and how America can reclaim the initiative in what has become the defining struggle of the twenty-first century. Middle East expert Ilan Berman offers new thinking on counterterrorism strategy and provides the new administration with ways to close the gaps in current American counterterrorism strategy. While there are many books about fighting terrorism, none offer Berman's approach of integrating diplomatic, legal, economic, military, and theoretical strategies into a comprehensive national security action plan. Using cutting edge analysis of current terrorism trends, Winning the Long War identifies three central failings that triggered the West's retreat and radical Islam's simultaneous advance: the failure to properly define the enemy, the inability to dominate the battlefields, and the inability to calibrate counterterrorism strategies. Demonstrating the need for more creative thinking about the nature of the conflicts in which the West now finds itself, this book lays out the steps that must be taken to win the long war.
Jonathan Schanzer, Former US Treasury Intelligence Analyst, Deputy Editor of the Jewish Policy Center
Mr. Berman has done great work in identifying the gaps in American strategy and proposing some solutions, and policymakers would do well to consider them. The book does not (nor does it claim to) have all the answers, but it asks all the right questions.
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Ilan Berman is Vice President for Policy at the American Foreign Policy Council. He has written extensively on the Middle East and is author of Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States, coeditor (with J. Michael Waller) of Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes, and editor of Taking on Tehran: Strategies for Confronting the Islamic Regime. Berman is an adjunct professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and editor of The Journal of International Security Affairs. As an expert on regional security and foreign policy in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for both the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense.
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