Seeing the Elephant: The U.S. Role in Global Security (National Defense University)

Seeing the Elephant: The U.S. Role in Global Security (National Defense University)

by HansBinnendijk (Author), RichardL.Kugler (Author)


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 Elephant is 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.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Published: 08 Feb 2007

ISBN 10: 1597971006
ISBN 13: 9781597971003

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Drs. Binnendijk and Kugler have rendered a genuine intellectual service by their comprehensive appraisal of the most significant contemporary literature on geostrategic issues. Their volume should be of enormous value not only to students and academics but especially to policymakers. It provides an incisive overview of the main directions of America's strategic thought. - Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter The sudden collapse of the Soviet Union caught most experts by surprise. The ensuing changes in the global landscape have been as surprising and unexpected as the end of the Cold War itself. This extraordinary book is perhaps the best synthesis of the intellectual efforts aimed at making sense of this new world and at distilling its consequences for decisionmakers. Seeing the Elephant is bound to become an indispensable reference for many years to come. - Moises Naim, editor in chief, Foreign Policy Seeing the Elephant is a terrific and timely book. It is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in national security strategy who does not have time to digest the more than fifty books summarized and distilled here. Better yet, the authors have provided a clear and accessible analytical framework that will help readers identify and remember the big ideas and important debates in the national security literature past, present, and future. - Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Author Bio
Hans Binnendijk is Roosevelt Chair at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and director of its Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP). He is the author or editor of dozens of books and reports, most recently Information Assurance: Trends in Vulnerabilities, Threats, and Technologies. Dr. Binnendijk lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Richard L. Kugler is Distinguished Research Professor at CTNSP. His many publications include Policy Analysis for National Security Affairs: New Methods for a New Era. Dr. Kugler lives in the Washington, D.C., area. Hans Binnendijk is Director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy and Roosevelt Chair at the National Defense University. He has served on the National Security Council as Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control (1999 - 2001), as Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University (1994 - 1999), as Principal Deputy Director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff (1993 - 1994), and as Legislative Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1981 - 1985). In academia, he was Director of Georgetown University's Institute for the Study for Diplomacy (1991 - 1993) and Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Dr. Binnendijk received a doctorate in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (1972). He is author or co-author of about 100 publications and reports. Richard L. Kugler is a Distinguished Research Professor at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University. A former senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Director of the Department of Defense's Strategic Concepts and Development Center in the 1980s, he is a defense planner and strategic analyst with over 30 years of experience in DOD and RAND. His specialties are U.S. defense strategy, global security affairs, and NATO. An operations research analyst and political scientist, he holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of many studies and journal articles and 16 books on defense and security issues.