Two American Crusades: Actors and Factors in the Cold War and the Global War on Terrorism

Two American Crusades: Actors and Factors in the Cold War and the Global War on Terrorism

by Marian Leighton

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Overview

Here is the first in-depth analysis and comparison of U.S. policy in two seminal conflicts of our recent history: the Cold War and the Global War on Terrorism. Unlike previous publications, which deal with each conflict separately, Two American Crusades treats the two as a seamless web, from the passions of the medieval Crusades through the long twilight struggle of the Cold War to the campaign against al Qaeda and ISIS stemming from the rise of radical political Islam. National security and foreign policy professionals, members of the academic community, and general readers alike will benefit from the insights revealed in this book that exert a profound influence on current international affairs and America's role.

Two American Crusades also illustrates why a peace dividend continues to elude the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627343107
Publisher: Universal-Publishers.com
Publication date: 11/01/2020
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 449,101
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 11.69(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Marian Leighton is a professional writer, editor and retired intelligence analyst. She graduated from Barnard College with a major in Russian Studies and obtained her PhD from Columbia University in International Relations. Before joining the intelligence community, Dr. Leighton worked for two New York publishing companies and also wrote reports for Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe. In addition, she has worked at the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, as Director of Soviet Studies at National Security Research, and as Vice President for Intelligence Issues at Strategic Planning International. An Adjunct Professor at the Joint Military Intelligence College, Dr. Leighton taught courses on the Soviet Union, post-Soviet Russia, and terrorism. Dr. Leighton has written three books on Soviet affairs and numerous articles for scholarly journals, as well as adaptations of classics for young readers and a screenplay--a thriller set in the Cold War period. She is currently a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

CHAPTER 1

Not Your Ancestors' Crusades 1

CHAPTER 2

America's Crusading Legacy 9

CHAPTER 3

From World War to Cold War 21

CHAPTER 4

Korea, Vietnam, and Beyond 29

CHAPTER 5

The Cold War: Nature of the Enemy 45

CHAPTER 6

Soviet Capabilities, Intentions,

and Vulnerabilities 65

CHAPTER 7

Waging the Cold War: U.S. Objectives 83

CHAPTER 8

Waging the Cold War: U.S. Military

Strategies and Tactics 105

CHAPTER 9

Waging the Cold War:

The Uses of Soft Power 125

CHAPTER 10

Reagan's Victory Lap: From

Counterinsurgency to Diplomacy 141

CHAPTER 11

The Soviet Union and the Cold War's

Endgame 155

CHAPTER 12

The Elusive Peace Dividend 175

CHAPTER 13

The Rise of Radical Political Islam 199

CHAPTER 14

The Global War on Terrorism:

Defining the Enemy 213

CHAPTER 15

The Global War on Terrorism:

U.S. Goals and Strategies 227

CHAPTER 16

The War in Iraq 241

CHAPTER 17

Obama's Approach to Counterterrorism 253

CHAPTER 18

Afghanistan Redux 267

CHAPTER 19

The Global Battlefield 285

CHAPTER 20

Keeping America Safe: The Way Forward 297

CHAPTER 21

Epilogue: Two Crusades in Retrospect 315

Notes 321

Index 385

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