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The Intersection of Interdependence and Stability

December 24, 2012

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An extract from the paper I presented at the Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society in Kingston, CA. The National Security Strategy (NSS) of 2010 describes a strategic approach that seeks to leverage the attributes of sturdy alliances, a strong economy (interdependence) and a professional military, a strong and evolving democracy, and a dynamic citizenry (stability) in […]

Mearsheimer and Zakheim Discuss “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb” (Video)

August 3, 2012

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From PBS Newshour: John J. Mearsheimer, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, and Dov S. Zakheim, a former Pentagon official who is now a senior advisor to the Center for Naval Analyses, sit down with PBS’ Judy Woodruff. They discuss “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb,” a recent Foreign Affairs article by Kenneth […]

Infographic: U.S. Military Spending Versus Foreign Aid

July 30, 2012

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 Good media platform published this infographic that portrays U.S. spending on defense and development aide in comparison to other countries. Data is from 2010 and before the recent publication of the new Defense Strategic Guidance and new budget priorities. Development assistance spending and military spending appear to promote two contradictory sets of values: one that builds and one that […]

Time to scrap “Eastern Europe” (video)

July 15, 2012

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“Europe’s divisions are indeed grave. But counting the ex-communist countries as a single category is outdated and damaging” -Eastern Approaches (The Economist) Video Time to scrap “Eastern Europe”

The Nation-State Reborn

May 31, 2012

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“The most powerful political ideology on the face of the earth is nationalism, not democracy.” John Mearsheimer This is a reblog of a post at Project Syndicate by Dani Rodrik Echoing an idea I have been pushing back against in military conceptual work, Rodrik takes issue with the idea that globalization has replaced the nation-state. He […]

Multi-Paradigm Conflict Analysis Part 3

May 18, 2012

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A common source of reference is emerging in my study of multi-paradigm conflict analysis: Lederach and Dugan. In Tom Woodhouse and Oliver Ramsbotham’s, Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution, the chapter on “Theoretical Frameworks” discusses an integrated model for peace building based off of John Paul Lederach research. While not squarely meeting the intent of the question […]

Multi-Paradigmatic Conflict Analysis Part 2

May 17, 2012

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Continuing to pull on the thread of “Multi-Paradigmatic Conflict Analysis” I have found a conference paper by Cathryn Thurston that begins to frame the problem.  Professor Thurston suggests that conflict analysis as a constituent part of conflict resolution is neglected. She suggests that conflict interventions have not been designed from the foundation of a comprehensive […]