Shameless Self-Promotion: Nuclear Edition

Seeing as I’ve survived completed my first year of grad school, I thought it was a good time to resurrect this long-dormant blog and engage in one of my all-time favorite activities: shameless self-promotion.

In the spring edition of Strategic Visions—the biannual newsletter of Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD)—I have an extended review of two new books on nuclear weapons and international politics. The two books, Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age by Frank Gavin* and Paul Bracken’s The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics, both . . .
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Book Review: How Wars End

On the March 27, 2011 edition of Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show, GPS, The Global Public Square, an exchange between Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass and Brookings Institution senior fellow Robert Kagan highlighted one of the most prominent ways in which the Beltway’s foreign policy mavens have ignored the purpose of bringing America’s military might to bear in a conflict.  Kagan, in response to Haass’ concerns about the unknown endgame of America’s then-relatively new intervention in Libya, made a truly remarkable statement:

[W]e start wars, whether it's World War I, World War II, the Civil War—we don't know. . . .
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Book Review: Monsoon

When hearing the word “monsoon,” most people would be forgiven for immediately imagining torrential rains, floods, and disaster.  But this entirely misses the beneficial role the monsoon winds of the Indian Ocean have played throughout history—facilitating travel, trade, and cultural exchange across vast swaths of territory long before the invention of the steam engine.  Or, in other words, because of the monsoon winds, the Indian Ocean had globalization before globalization was cool.

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Coming off his fascinating Foreign Affairs article, “Center Stage for the 21st Century: Power Plays in the Indian Ocean,” Robert Kaplan brings us Monsoon: . . .
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