- Acting Alone: A Scientific Study of American Hegemony and Unilateral Use-of-Force Decision Making
Dr. Bradley Podliska (SSP'01) seeks to systematically analyze American unilateral use of military force in his new book. In reviewing the evidence, the author finds that presidents are realists and make expected utility calculations to act unilaterally or multilaterally after their decision to use force.
- In Search of Magic Waters: Overcoming Information Sharing Obstacles for the Homeland Security Enterprise
Director of Homeland Security Studies Gary Shiffman and SSP student Michael Gee ('10) present the key findings and themes from the conference "If You Build It, Will They Use It? Optimizing the Homeland Security Network" hosted by CSS.
- Managing the Dots: The Challenges of Intelligence Sharing for the Homeland Security Enterprise
The authors present the findings of the Georgetown University Homeland Security Laboratory held at CSS during September 2008 – May 2009 on the topic of intelligence sharing in homeland security.
- The Madrassah Challenge: Militancy and Religious Education in Pakistan
An ever-expanding body of literature continues to concentrate on the supposed role the madrassah, or religious school, plays in threatening international security. Even though none of the 9/11 attackers studied in such schools, they are alleged to be incubators of militants in Pakistan and the region. In The Madrassah Challenge, Christine Fair explores the true significance of the madrassah and its role in Pakistan’s educational system.
- Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? What History Teaches Us about Strategic Barriers and International Security
In Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?, defense analyst Brent Sterling examines the historical use of strategic defenses such as walls or fortifications to evaluate their effectiveness and considers their implications for modern security. Sterling studies six famous defenses spanning 2,500 years, representing both democratic and authoritarian regimes: the Long Walls of Athens, Hadrian’s Wall in Roman Britain, the Ming Great Wall of China, Louis XIV’s Pré Carré, France’s Maginot Line, and Israel’s Bar Lev Line.
- Immortal: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces
Immortal is the only single-volume English-language survey of Iran's military history. CIA analyst Steven R. Ward shows that Iran's soldiers, from the famed "Immortals" of ancient Persia to today's Revolutionary Guard, have demonstrated through the centuries that they should not be underestimated.
- Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations
Drawing on the individual and collective experience of recognized intelligence experts and scholars in the field, Analyzing Intelligence provides the first comprehensive assessment of the state of intelligence analysis since 9/11.
- Vaults, Mirrors, and Masks: Rediscovering U.S. Counterintelligence
In one indispensable volume, top practitioners and scholars in the field explain the importance of counterintelligence today and explore the causes of—and practical solutions for—U.S. counterintelligence weaknesses.
- Latin American Fighters: A History of Fighter Jets in Service with Latin American Air Arms
This book for the first time comprehensively describes military fighter jet aviation in Latin America. It covers the eventful history of fighter jets in seventeen countries, ranging from Mexico in the north down to Argentina in the south. Information on each type of aircraft is provided, including purchase, squadron service, losses, upgrades and service history.
- Paths to Peace: Domestic Coalition Shifts, War Termination and the Korean War
Paths to Peace explains how the longer the war, the harder it is to end, because domestic obstacles to peace become institutionalized over time. It then applies this theory to an in-depth analysis of the ending of the Korean War.
- Peace Operations: Trends, Progress, and Prospects
This groundbreaking volume will help policymakers and academics understand better the regional and national factors shaping the prospects for peace operations into the next decade.
- Occupational Hazards: Success and Failure in Military Occupation
In Occupational Hazards, David M. Edelstein elucidates the occasional successes of military occupations and their more frequent failures.
- Transforming U.S. Intelligence
Transforming U.S. Intelligence supports the mandate of the new director of national intelligence by offering both careful analysis of existing strengths and weaknesses in U.S. intelligence and specific recommendations on how to fix its problems without harming its strengths. These recommendations, based on intimate knowledge of the way U.S. intelligence actually works, include suggestions for the creative mixing of technologies with new missions to bring about the transformation of U.S. intelligence without incurring unnecessary harm or expense. The goal is the creation of an intelligence community that can rapidly respond to developments in international politics, such as the emergence of nimble terrorist networks while reconciling national security requirements with the rights and liberties of American citizens.
- Six Decades of Guided Munitions and Battle Networks: Progress and Prospects
The research and analysis underlying this report began in 2003 and aimed at answering the following question. How has the maturation of non-nuclear guided munitions during the late 1980s and early 1990s affected the conduct of warfare by advanced militaries, especially by the various combat arms of the US armed forces?
- Economic Instruments Of Security Policy
CSS Director of Homeland Security Studies Gary Shiffman explores the many economic instruments used for national security such as economic sanctions and foreign aid, international trade, international finance and efforts to attack the sources of funding for international terrorism. This book examines economic policies at available to a head of state and addresses how best to measure the success of these tools.
- Global Power Knowledge: Science and Technology in International Affairs
SSP Core Faculty member Kai-Henrik Barth publishes his co-edited volume in the Osiris series, Global Power Knowledge: Science and Technology in International Affairs.
- Inside Terrorism
SSP Core Faculty member Bruce Hoffman publishes a new edition of his seminal work, Inside Terrorism. Hoffman traces the history of terrorism from its roots in the Reign of Terror that followed the French Revolution, to Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda network. Along the way, he examines the rise of subnational groups like al-Qaeda and Japan's Aum sect and takes a closer look at the way terrorists are able to exploit media coverage.
- Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover from an Iraqi Civil War
Iraq is rapidly descending into all-out civil war. Unfortunately, the United States probably will not be able to just walk away from the chaos. Even setting aside the humanitarian nightmare that will ensue, a full-scale civil war would likely consume more than Iraq: historically, such massive conflicts have often had highly deleterious effects on neighboring countries and other outside states. Spillover from an Iraq civil war could be disastrous.
- The Five Front War: The Better Way to Fight Global Jihad
- CSS Director Daniel Byman offers a new approach to fighting the war on terrorism. He convincingly argues that two of the main solutions to terrorism offered by politicians–military intervention and the democratization of the Arab world–shouldn’t even be our top priorities. Instead, he presents a fresh way to face intelligence and law enforcement challenges ahead: conduct counterinsurgency operations, undermine al-Qaeda’s ideology, selectively push for reforms, and build key lasting alliances.
- Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism
- Thousands of people have died at the hands of terrorist groups who rely on state support for their activities. Iran and Syria are well known as sponsors of terrorism, while other countries, some with strong connections to the West, have enabled terrorist activity by turning a blind eye. Daniel Byman's book is the first to analyze this phenomenon...