Modern Geopolitics and Security: Strategies for Unwinnable Conflicts

Amos N. Guiora

December 20, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 181 Pages - 41 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466569232 - CAT# K16427

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Features

  • Explains sovereignty, intervention, geopolitics, security and what they mean in a global landscape
  • Illustrates historical examples of global crises and security concerns, including long-standing conflicts (Israel-Palestine) and recent phenomenon (Arab spring)
  • Examines hot spot areas and illustrates traditional and unconventional means of dealing with regional and international conflicts, including what works and what doesn't
  • Offers a thoughtful outlook on what the future of conflict and emerging paradigms for peace and security

Summary

The transformation from traditional war between nation-states to conflict between nation-states and nonstate actors requires decision makers, policy analysts, military commanders, intelligence officials, and legislators to answer the question: is there a strategy for an unwinnable conflict? This question takes on particular urgency given the extraordinary number of conflict points that define the current state of international relations.

Modern Geopolitics and Security: Strategies for Unwinnable Conflicts draws on the author's extensive experience in counterterrorism, negotiation, and the implementation of the Oslo Peace Process with his more recent work in academia. The book uses an interdisciplinary case study model to illustrate valuable lessons learned and best practices in strategic analysis and decision making that are based on international relations, international law, and negotiation/intervention.

The book defines sovereignty, intervention, geopolitics, security, and what they mean in a global landscape. It examines historical examples of global crises and security concerns as well as contemporary geopolitical issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, intervention in Libya, non-intervention in Syria, the Good Friday Agreement, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, and the Arab Spring.

We are entering a new era, where disaffected individuals who are willing and able to act, have more power and potential influence than ever before. Conflicts like those occurring in Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, and elsewhere are all complex organisms—nuanced as never before. Add in increasing regional asymmetrical conflicts, increasing global economic strain, social media and the accelerating speed of communication, ideological and regional state versus nonstate conflicts—such as in the case of al-Qaeda and other such movements—and traditional "business as usual" geopolitics is being somewhat turned on its head.

Modern Geopolitics and Security addresses topics that aren’t currently covered anywhere–establishing a new paradigm to rethink modern geopolitics, given new and emerging challenges to traditional schools of thought.

View an article by Amos N. Guiora that recently appeared in the The New York Times..