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Presence, Prevention, and Persuasion

A Historical Analysis of Military Force and Political Influence

Edward Rhodes; Jonathan M. DiCicco; Sarah S. Milburn and Thomas C. Walker

Hardback
Can great powers ensure the political outcomes they want and prevent political developments they oppose, by stationing their military forces in distant regions during peacetime? If so, what kinds of military capabilities yield this sort of peacetime political leverage? And what kinds of political goals can-and, just as importantly, cannot-be achieved through "forward military presence?" In the post-9/11 world, as the United States seeks to use its unrivalled global military predominance to build a safer, better world by preventing terrorism and encouraging societies around the world to embrace democracy, these questions take on enormous importance. Presence, Prevention, and Persuasion addresses these issues by looking at British, French, and American experiences in the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean basin, and Africa over the last two centuries. The authors' findings will have a significant impact on scholarship but, more importantly, on American decision-making communities. An essential volume for anyone working in the field of international relations whether it is policy making, diplomacy, military planning or the private sector. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 460Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-0-7391-0726-3 • Hardback • December 2003 • $126.00 • (£85.00)
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.
Chapter 1 A Sword Half Withdrawn from the Scabbard: The Royal Navy and British "Shaping" of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant, 1816-1852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 Conclusions
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 University


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