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The Asia-Pacific Century by Dr. Adam Lowther

Date Posted:  9/17/2014

The Asia-Pacific Century-This work looks to the future of the Asia-Pacific and examines a broad range of questions that focus on diplomatic, economic, and military challenges facing the region’s key players, with a particular focus on their relevance to the US military. In the last 15 years, many other forward looking studies have come to the same conclusion. The Air Force 2025 study concluded that among the possible outcomes before 2030 was ...

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Measuring Military Power

Date Posted:  9/17/2014

There is an unprecedented need for tools that provide a transparent, standardized assessment of US military power over time- a common baseline that describes how much hard power the United States actually has in relation to its vital interests would help discipline the defense sufficiency discussion. The first challenge in grading “military power” is to ask if it can be effectively measured. A second issue will be deciding what to mea...

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Remotely Piloted Aircraft and War in the Public Relations Domain

Date Posted:  9/17/2014

One can hardly pass the periodical rack at the base exchange without spotting a story on remotely piloted aircraft (RPA-GQ, the Economist, Time, and many other publications have recently featured articles on these ubiquitous weapons systems. But how much of what they say is true, and how much is reliable? This article develops the case that accurate information about RPAs is inherently limited, labeling this situation the "epistemic problem"&mdas...


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The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan

The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan, edited by Robert D. Crews and Amin Tarzi. Harvard University Press, 2009, 430 pp., $18.95.

The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan editors Robert Crews and Amin Tarzi gather a diverse set of perspectives regarding the rise, decline, and rebirth of the Taliban movement. The seven selected works provide both complementary and contradictory views by experts in the field. The editors assert that this is the first work to “analyze the Taliban movement from its inception in 1994 to its splintering and transformation into a fractious, but lethal, constellation of guerilla fighters in the present” (p. 10).

Robert D. Crews is associate professor of history and director of the Center for Ru... Read Full Review