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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Testing the Mearsheimer Hypothesis in Europe

If we are lucky (and by ‘we’ I mean political scientists), we will soon find out if John J. Mearsheimer was right—maybe not on offensive realism, but at least on the purpose of U.S. troop presence in Europe. The new strategic framework put out by the Obama administration represents what some have called a pivot towards the Asia-Pacific. Implicit in this shift is less attention and resources put towards Europe. In practical terms this will likely mean drawing down the troop presence in Europe, which today numbers 80,718 active duty service members (as of September 30, 2011).

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