This volume offers a dispassionate strategic examination of the Vietnam conflict that challenges the conventional wisdom that South Vietnam could not survive as an independent non-communist entity over the long term regardless of how the United States conducted its military-political effort in Indochina. In reality, the Vietnam War was far from an “unwinnable” war for the United States, which possessed enormous military, financial, and other advantages over its foes. The book shows how American errors created the military and political conditions that made North Vietnamese victory possible.
Associate Professor, International Relations
This book argues that in the twenty-first century Eastern Eurasia will replace Europe as the theater of decision in international affairs, and that this new geographic and cultural context will have a strong influence on the future of world affairs. For half a millennium, the great powers have practised what might be called ‘world politics,’ yet during that time Europe, and small portions of the Near East and North Africa strategically vital to Europe, were the ‘centres of gravity’ in international politics. The ‘unipolar moment’ of the post-Cold War era will not be replaced by a U.S.-China ‘Cold War,’ but rather by a long period of multipolarity in the 21st century. Examining the policy goals and possible military-political strategies of several powers, this study explains how Washington may play a key role in eastern Eurasian affairs if it can learn to operate in a very different political context. The author also considers the rapid pace of technological change and how it will impact on great power politics.
Grand Strategy and the Presidency: Foreign Policy, War and the American Role in the World discusses US strategic history, with particular emphasis on the period from the end of the Cold War to the present day. While the United States periodically has enjoyed exceptional presidential leadership in the past, this book argues that few future presidents will meet high standards of leadership in foreign affairs. In turn, this will undermine the ability of the United States to construct and maintain a coherent grand strategy appropriate to the multipolar world of the twenty-first century. weapons of mass destruction and irregular warfare, including insurgency, terrorism and civil war.