Presence, Prevention, and Persuasion

Presence, Prevention, and Persuasion : A Historical Analysis of Military Force and Political Influence

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By stationing its military forces in a distant region of the world, can a great power hope to "shape" the peacetime political development of that region? In Presence, Prevention and Persuasion contributing scholars examine six historical periods in which British, American, and French decision-makers attempted to use a regional military predominance to influence domestic and regional political outcomes. The authors explore the types of military capabilities that appear critical in successful persuasion and prevention efforts, and the goals that conducive to this type of action.show more

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  • Hardback | 460 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 40.6mm | 816.48g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739107267
  • 9780739107263

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Military power is meant to achieve a political outcome. This book proposes the basic conditions necessary to answer the question: how can the presence of military force shape a peacetime political environment? Experts study six cases, and Professor Rhodes draws their conclusions together in a brilliant and most instructive set of propositions that carry profound implications for American policy-makers and will be of great value to all students of political and military affairs. -- George W. Baer, Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Maritime Strategy, U. S. Naval War College In a study that could not be more timely, Edward Rhodes and his colleagues have examined little known but important historical cases to illuminate the ability - and the limits - of the major powers' military presence to shape regional politics. -- Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Relations, Columbia University Careful case studies of Britain, France, and the U.S. indicate that power projection is an uncertain instrument. Success depends on coherent strategies, political presence, good intelligence, sensitivity to domestic constraints, and considerable prudence. If only those responsible for American policy in the Middle East had read and assimilated the lessons of this book! -- Richard Ned Lebow, James O. Freedman, Presidential Professor of Government, Dartmouth College How can a great power affect political developments in a region? In this important historical study, Rhodes and his colleagues demonstrate that by maintaining a peacetime military presence in a region, a great power can shape that region's political evolution to serve its interests. This study yields valuable benchmarks for gauging the role that America's overseas military presence plays in today's world... -- Robert J. Art, Brandeis University How can a great power affect political developments in a region? In this important historical study, Rhodes and his colleagues demonstrate that by maintaining a peacetime military presence in a region, a great power can shape that region's political evolution to serve its interests. This study yields valuable benchmarks for gauging the role that America's overseas military presence plays in today's world. -- Robert J. Art, Brandeis Universityshow more

About Edward J. Rhodes

Edward Rhodes is Director of the Center for Global Security and Democracy, and Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Jon DiCicco is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and Associate Director of the Center for Global Security and Democracy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Sarah Milburn is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Thomas Walker is Associate Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York, Albany.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 A Sword Half Withdrawn from the Scabbard: The Royal Navy and British "Shaping" of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant, 1816-1852 Chapter 2 Decline, Disengagement, and Shaping the Periphery: Great Britain in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant, 1919-1937 Chapter 3 A Shadow Cast from Afar: The Royal Navy in South America, 1850-1900 Chapter 4 The U.S. Navy in the Caribbean, 1903-1920 Chapter 5 La Chasse Gardee: Post-World War II French West Africa, 1945-1970 Chapter 6 Toujours la Chasse Gardee? French Power and Influence in Late 20th Century Francophone Central Africa, 1970-1995 Chapter 7 Conclusionsshow more