Arabs at War

Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991

Author: Kenneth Michael Pollack

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803206861

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 698

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Assesses the military performances of Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Syria, from the first military engagements between Egypt and Israel to the 1991 Gulf War.
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Perils of Plenty

Arctic Resource Competition and the Return of the Great Game

Author: Jonathan N. Markowitz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190078278

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Among scholars who focus on the politics of natural resources, conventional wisdom asserts that resource-scarce states have the strongest interest in securing control over resources. Counterintuitively, however, in Perils of Plenty, Jonathan N. Markowitz finds that the opposite is true. In actuality, what states make influences what they want to take. Specifically, Markowitz argues that the more economically dependent states are on resource extraction rents for income, the stronger their preferences will be to secure control over resources. He tests the theory with a set of case studies that analyze how states reacted to the 2007 exogenous climate shock that exposed energy resources in the Arctic. Given the dangerous potential for conflict escalation in the Middle East and the South China Sea and the continued shrinkage of the polar ice cap, this book speaks to a genuinely important development in world politics that will have implications for understanding the political effects of climate change for many years to come.
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American Military History

A Guide to Reference and Information Sources

Author: Daniel K. Blewett

Publisher: Reference Sources in the Socia

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 441

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Compiles a bibliography of American military reference guides, focusing on general resources including almanacs, chronologies, and encyclopedias.
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The Threatening Storm

What Every American Needs to Know Before an Invasion in Iraq

Author: Kenneth Pollack

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588363414

Category: Political Science

Page: 528

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In The Threatening Storm, Kenneth M. Pollack, one of the world’s leading experts on Iraq, provides a masterly insider’s perspective on the crucial issues facing the United States as it moves toward a new confrontation with Saddam Hussein. For the past fifteen years, as an analyst on Iraq for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, Kenneth Pollack has studied Saddam as closely as anyone else in the United States. In 1990, he was one of only three CIA analysts to predict the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. As the principal author of the CIA’s history of Iraqi military strategy and operations during the Gulf War, Pollack gained rare insight into the methods and workings of what he believes to be the most brutal regime since Stalinist Russia. Examining all sides of the debate and bringing a keen eye to the military and geopolitical forces at work, Pollack ultimately comes to this controversial conclusion: through our own mistakes, the perfidy of others, and Saddam’s cunning, the United States is left with few good policy options regarding Iraq. Increasingly, the option that makes the most sense is for the United States to launch a full-scale invasion, eradicate Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, and rebuild Iraq as a prosperous and stable society—for the good of the United States, the Iraqi people, and the entire region. Pollack believed for many years that the United States could prevent Saddam from threatening the stability of the Persian Gulf and the world through containment—a combination of sanctions and limited military operations. Here, Pollack explains why containment is no longer effective, and why other policies intended to deter Saddam ultimately pose a greater risk than confronting him now, before he gains possession of nuclear weapons and returns to his stated goal of dominating the Gulf region. “It is often said that war should be employed only in the last resort,” Pollack writes. “I reluctantly believe that in the case of the threat from Iraq, we have come to the last resort.” Offering a view of the region that has the authority and force of an intelligence report, Pollack outlines what the leaders of neighboring Arab countries are thinking, what is necessary to gain their support for an invasion, how a successful U.S. operation would be mounted, what the likely costs would be, and how Saddam might react. He examines the state of Iraq today—its economy, its armed forces, its political system, the status of its weapons of mass destruction as best we understand them, and the terrifying security apparatus that keeps Saddam in power. Pollack also analyzes the last twenty years of relations between the United States and Iraq to explain how the two countries reached the unhappy standoff that currently prevails. Commanding in its insights and full of detailed information about how leaders on both sides will make their decisions, The Threatening Storm is an essential guide to understanding what may be the crucial foreign policy challenge of our time. From the Hardcover edition.
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Angola

A Modern Military History, 1961-2002

Author: S. Weigert

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023033783X

Category: History

Page: 272

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This study is the first comprehensive assessment of warfare in Angola to cover all three phases of the nation's modern history: the anti-colonial struggle, the Cold War phase, and the post-Cold War era. It also covers, in detail, the final phase of warfare in Angola, culminating in Jonas Savimbi's death and the signing of the Luena Accord
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Iraq's Armed Forces

An Analytical History

Author: Ibrahim Al-Marashi,Sammy Salama

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134145632

Category: History

Page: 272

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This book provides the first comprehensive study of the evolution of the Iraqi military from the British mandate era to post-Baathist Iraq. Ethnic and sectarian turmoil is endemic to Iraq, and its armed forces have been intertwined with its political affairs since their creation. This study illustrates how the relationship between the military and the political centre in Iraq has evolved, with the military bringing about three regime changes in Iraq’s history before being brought under control by Saddam Hussein, up until the 2003 war. The instability that followed was partly due to the failure to create a new military that does not threaten the government, yet is still strong enough to deter rival factions from armed conflict. The reconstitution of the armed forces will be a prerequisite for an American withdrawal from Iraq, but this book argues that immense challenges lie ahead, despite the praise from the Bush administration for the progress of the new Iraqi army.
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A Military History of Modern Egypt

From the Ottoman Conquest to the Ramadan War

Author: Andrew James McGregor

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 312

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Focusing on the Egyptians instead of on the imperial powers that have ruled or intervened in the country, this work tells the untold story of Egyptian military's place in the modern history of the Arab and Islamic world.
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The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare

Implications for Army and Defense Policy

Author: Stephen D. Biddle,Jeffrey A. Friedman

Publisher: Strategic Studies Inst U S Army war

ISBN: N.A

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 90

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Hezbollah's conduct of its 2006 campaign in southern Lebanon has become an increasingly important case for the U.S. defense debate. Some see the future of warfare as one of nonstate opponents employing irregular methods, and advocate a sweeping transforma
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