9781597971003

Seeing the Elephant : The U. S. Role in Global Security

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  • ISBN13:

    9781597971003

  • ISBN10:

    1597971006

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-02-08
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc

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Summary

What is the current state of the global security system, and where is it headed? What challenges and opportunities do we face, and what dangers are emerging? How will various regions of the world be affected? How can the United States best act to help shape the future while protecting its security, interests, and values? How can the United States deal with the threats of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction? An intellectual history of U.S. national security thinking since the end of the fall of the Soviet Union, Seeing the Elephantis an attempt to see the evolving international security system and America's role in it through the eyes of more than fifty perceptive authors who have analyzed key aspects of the unfolding post'Cold War drama. Its premise is that, like the blind men in the Buddhist fable who each feels a different part of an elephant, these authors and their assessments, taken together, can give us a better view of where the world is headed.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
A Neo-Kantian World of Progressp. 15
A Neo-Hobbesian World of Turmoilp. 59
A New Age of Empowermentp. 105
U.S. National Security Goals and Constraintsp. 161
U.S. Defense Strategiesp. 217
Seeing the Elephantp. 277
Notesp. 293
Biographies of Authors Reviewedp. 303
Indexp. 311
About the Authorsp. 319
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