Many new - as well as enduring - issues shape international security in the world of the early twenty-first century. The essays in this volume encompass the changing landscape of strategy and assess implications for international politics and national security. Topics include the utility of theories of international politics for understanding the world of the new millennium; the continuing importance of geography in the formulation of strategy; and the intersection between political, ecomic, and societal factors on the development of strategy. Analyses of the implications of institutions for national security policy and strategy are set forth in essays on the U.S. Constitution and the roles, respectively, of the Executive Branch and the Congress. Other essays deal with NATO in the early twenty-first century; Germany's emerging role in international politics; trends shaping future warfare; missile defense; weapons of mass destruction; and regional conflict issues. The volume contains an extended examination of contemporary Russian and Chinese political-military issues and policies, as well as broader analyses of Europe and East Asia as security arenas. The chapters are written by scholars and practitioners from Europe and the United States. Together, they set forth a security agenda for consideration on both sides of the Atlantic.
The editors: Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., is President of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Security Studies, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. William R. Van Cleave is Department Head and Professor of Defense and Strategic Studies, Southwest Missouri State University.