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Report to JFK
The Skybolt Crisis in Perspective
In March 1963, President Kennedy asked Richard E. Neustadt to investigate a troubling episode in U.S.-British relations. His confidential report—intended for a single reader, JFK himself, and classified for thirty years—is reproduced in its entirety...
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 explosive...
Bombing to Win
Air Power and Coercion in War
In this now-classic work of the theory and practice of airpower and its political effects, Robert A. Pape helps military strategists and policy makers judge the purpose of various air strategies, and helps general readers understand the policy debates.
Revolution and War
Revolution within a state almost invariably leads to intense security competition between states, and often to war. In Revolution and War, Stephen M. Walt explains why this is so.
Reputation And International Politics
By approaching an important foreign policy issue from a new angle, Jonathan Mercer comes to a startling, controversial discovery: a nation's reputation is not worth fighting for.
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 on...
Cooperation under Fire
Anglo-German Restraint during World War II
Legro offers a new understanding of the dynamics of World War II and the sources of international cooperation.
The Tet Offensive
Intelligence Failure in War
Wirtz explains why U.S. forces were surprised by the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive in 1968.
Winning the Next War
Innovation and the Modern Military
Rosen argues that armies and navies are not forever doomed to "fight the last war." Rather, they are able to respond to shifts in the international strategic situation.
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.