The Problem of Force

The Problem of Force : Grappling with the Global Battlefield

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Why, despite indisputably superior military might, have the US-led military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq been so fraught with setbacks? Does it make sense in today's security environment to use military force to achieve strategic objectives? How does the contemporary battlefield function? Addressing these questions, Simon Murden explores the contradictions inherent in attempting to combat global terrorist networks by intervening in complex, local social settings. Murden proposes two approaches to better understand the nature of contemporary warfare: one focusing on the nature of insurgency and the other on the dynamics of intervention. Applying these approaches to the cases of Iraq and Afghanistan, he offers important conclusions about the shortcomings of US strategy in the global war on more

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  • Hardback | 185 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 1588266494
  • 9781588266491
  • 2,435,851

Table of contents

Introduction.; War and Warfare in the Early 21st Century.; Mapping Contemporary Insurgency.; Mapping Contemporary Intervention.; The Origins of the Global War on Terror, 1991-2001.; The War in Afghanistan.; Planning the Iraq War.; What Went Wrong in Iraq.; The "Surge" Experiment in Iraq.; Whither the Global War on Terror, Whither Warfare?show more

About Simon Murden

Simon W. Murden is senior lecturer in the Department of Strategic Studies and International Affairs at Britannia Naval College. He is author of Islam, the Middle East, and the New Global more