Clinton and Post-Cold War Defense

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Stephen J. Cimbala
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - 197 pages
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Twelve well-known experts give an important overall assessment of U.S. post-Cold War defense needs and Clinton policy from a variety of perspectives. Together they analyze the causes for concern and planning for the future, questions relating to nuclear weapons, multilateral defense management, peacekeeping and peace enforcement, special operations and low-intensity conflict, current policymaking problems, civil-military relations, and prospects for the Clinton program in the 1990s. Provocative questions and conclusions should stimulate discussion among advanced undergraduate and graduate students and teachers, as well as to military experts and policymakers.

The experts raise many provocative questions and varying conclusions about the problems and prospects for the United States and for the post-Cold War era. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students and teachers should find that this hard-hitting analysis stimulates discussion, and military experts and policymakers should find this of real interest also.

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The Clinton Defense Program Causes for Concern
Defense Budgets and the Clinton Defense Program
Defense Planning for the PostCold War Era Bush Clinton and Beyond
Clinton Defense Policy and Nuclear Weapons
Working with Allies Clinton Defense Policy and the Management of Multilateralism
Peacekeeping Peace Enforcement and Clinton Defense Policy
Special Operations LowIntensity Conflict Unconventional Conflicts and the Clinton Defense Strategy
Clinton Defense PolicyMaking Players Process and Policiesr
CivilMilitary Relations After the Cold War Integrating the Armed Forces and American Society
Clinton and US Peacekeeping
Selected Bibliography
About the Contributors

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About the author (1996)

STEPHEN J. CIMBALA, Professor of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University at Delaware County Campus, has written at length about national security matters, defense policy, and conflict termination. His many books from Greenwood Publishing Group include Controlling and Ending War in Europe (1990), Strategic Conflict Termination (1991), and Force and Diplomacy in the Future (1992).

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