Averting Global War: Regional Challenges, Overextension, and Options for American Strategy

Paperback | April 15, 2010

byHall Gardner

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Averting Global War examines major regional disputes and conflicts throughout the world as they impact upon both American domestic and foreign policy. These include: The ongoing "war on terrorism"; NATO enlargement to Russian borders; US intervention in Iraq; US confrontation with Iran; the feud between Israel and the Palestinians; the widening "zone of conflict" from Central Asia to sub-Saharan Africa; the global ramifications of North Korea's nuclear program and China's claims to Taiwan; Venezuela's "Bolivarian Revolution" and the "war on drugs" in Latin America, the domestic socio-political effects of Latin American immigration upon the US. The book's goal is to articulate an irenic American strategy intended to resolve, or at least transform, a number of these disputes and conflicts so as to prevent them from further "deepening" or "widening"--and to avert the real possibility of major power confrontation involving both clandestine and overt methods of warfare.

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Averting Global War examines major regional disputes and conflicts throughout the world as they impact upon both American domestic and foreign policy. These include: The ongoing "war on terrorism"; NATO enlargement to Russian borders; US intervention in Iraq; US confrontation with Iran; the feud between Israel and the Palestinians; the...

Hall Gardner is Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Department of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris. His work focuses on the origins of war, yet more specifically on deliberating the phenomenon of war’s eruption and its regional and global ramifications—with an eye toward deve...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:April 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230600867

ISBN - 13:9780230600867

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Crying Wolf Once Again? * Triptych of Terrorism * The Un-Coordinated NATO-EU Double Enlargement: Toward the Isolation of Russia? * Iraq: Sinking Deeper into Mesopotamian Quicksand * Iran: Nuclear High Tension and Holocaust Polemics: A "New Diplomatic Offensive" or "Cruise Missile Diplomacy"?  * Israel and Palestine: Toward Intra-Palestinian Strife, a Third Intifada, Or Israeli-Palestinian Reconciliation? *An Ever Widening Zone of Conflict: From Central Asia to Sub-Saharan Africa * North Korea: Beyond "Backdoor" Multilateralism * China and Blue Water Dreams: Toward a Sino-Russian Alliance? * Three Dimensions of "Montezuma's Revenge": Hugo Chávez's Bolivarian Vision, "War on Drugs," "Illegal" Immigration * American Hypertrophy and Strategic Options: Toward a Geostrategy for Global Peace

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“Averting Global War is an artful and arresting defense of the need for American policy-makers to adopt meaningful and wise strategies for handling the growing number of regional problems throughout the world. In a comprehensive manner, Hall Gardner demonstrates how violence and perhaps even wars among the major powers may result if the wrong approaches are taken to these growing challenges.”--Robert Jackson, Author of Temptations of Power: the US in Global Politics since 9/11"Hall Gardner zeroes in on the ‘new world disorder,’ and alerts us to the geostrategic dangers inherent in our unsettled time."--Susan Eisenhower, President of The Eisenhower Group, Inc., and Chairman Emeritus, The Eisenhower Institute