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The Military Lens
Doctrinal Difference and Deterrence Failure in Sino-American Relations
In The Military Lens, Christopher P. Twomey shows how differing military doctrines have led to misperceptions between the United States and China over foreign policy—and the potential dangers these might pose in future relations.
Military Organizations, Complex Machines
Modernization in the U.S. Armed Services
Chris Demchak explores the reasons why military machines surprise their users and how they can change both the complexity and effectiveness of tactical...
The Symbolic Politics of Ethnic War
What is it about ethnicity that breaks countries apart and drives people to acts of savage violence against their lifelong neighbors? Stuart Kaufman finds the roots of ethnic violence in myths and symbols, the stories ethnic groups tell about who they...
Mortal Friends, Best Enemies
German-Russian Cooperation after the Cold War
Several hundred thousand members of the Red Army were stationed in East Germany when that state was reunited with its western counterpart. The peaceful transfer of these soldiers to their homeland produced a welcome outcome to a potentially...
Myths of Empire
Domestic Politics and International Ambition
Overextension is the common pitfall of empires. Jack Snyder identifies recurrent myths of empire, describes the varieties of overextension to which they lead, and criticizes the traditional explanations offered by historians and political scientists.
Networks of Rebellion
Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse
Paul Staniland explains why insurgent leaders differ so radically in their ability to build strong organizations and why the cohesion of armed groups changes over time during...
The Nixon Administration and the Making of U.S. Nuclear Strategy
In 1974 Richard Nixon's defense secretary, James Schlesinger, announced that the United States would change its nuclear targeting policy from "assured destruction" to "limited nuclear options." In this account of the Schlesinger Doctrine based...
America and the German Problem, 1943–1954
This new account of early Cold War history focuses on the emergence of a bipolar structure of power, the continuing importance of the German question, and American efforts to create a united Western...
History and Strategy in America's Atomic Age
Gavin challenges key elements of the widely accepted narrative about the history of the atomic age and the consequences of the nuclear...
Success and Failure in Military Occupation
Edelstein elucidates the occasional successes of military occupations and their more frequent failures through 26 cases since 1815 in which an outside power seized control of a territory where the occupying party had no long-term claim on sovereignty.