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THE STRATEGIC LOGIC OF THE CONTEMPORARY SECURITY DILEMMA

Manwaring, Max G.

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ISBN 10: 1584875143 / ISBN 13: 9781584875147
Published by U.S. Army War College SSI, 2011
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Title: THE STRATEGIC LOGIC OF THE CONTEMPORARY ...

Publisher: U.S. Army War College SSI

Publication Date: 2011

Book Condition:Very Good

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This monograph comes at a critical juncture—a time of promise for globalization, creating a world that has become increasingly interconnected and a positive force for good government, human rights, the environment, peace, and prosperity. At the same time, there is profound concern that the fragmentation associated with globalization is acting as a negative force—leading people everywhere to seek refuge in smaller groups, characterized by isolationism, separatism, fanaticism, and deteriorating citizen security and well-being.  The reality and severity of the threats associated with contemporary transnational security problems indicate that the U.S. and its national and international partners need a new paradigm for the conduct of unconventional asymmetric conflict, and an accompanying new paradigm for strategic leader development.
 
 The strategic-level basis of these new paradigms is found in the fact that the global community is redefining security in terms of nothing less than a reconceptualization of sovereignty. In the past, sovereignty was the acknowledged and/or real control of territory and the people in it. Now, sovereignty is the responsibility of governments to protect peoples’ well-being and prevent great harm to those peoples. Thus, the security dilemma becomes, “Why, when, and how to intervene to protect people and prevent egregious human suffering?” The authors address some of the strategic-level questions and recommendations that arise out of that debate. They probably generate more questions than answers, but it is time to begin the strategic-level discussion.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORMAX G. MANWARING is a Professor of Military Strategy in the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), has held the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research at theUSAWC, and is a retired U.S. Army colonel. He has served in various civilian and military positions, including the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the Defense Intelligence Agency, Dickinson College, and Memphis University. Dr. Manwaring is the author and co-author of several articles, chapters, and books dealing with Latin American security affairs, political-military affairs, and insurgency and counter-insurgency. His most recent book is The Complexity of Modern Irregular War (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, forthcoming). His most recent article is “Three Lessons from Contemporary Challenges to Security,” in PRISM, Vol. 2, No. 3 (June 2011). His most recent SSI monograph is The Strategic Logic of the Contemporary Security Dilemma (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, forthcoming). Dr. Manwaring is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from the University ofIllinois.

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