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Conflict Management and Peacebuilding: Pillars of a New American Grand Strategy

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Edited by Dr. Volker C. Franke, Dr. Robert H. Dorff.

October 2013

426 Pages

Brief Synopsis

The authors examine the utility of the U.S. Government’s whole-of-government (WoG) approach for responding to the challenging security demands of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. They specifically discuss the strategic objectives of interagency cooperation particularly in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict management. Discussions range from the conceptual to the practical, with a focus on the challenges and desirability of interagency cooperation in international interventions. The book shares experiences and expertise on the need for and the future of an American grand strategy in an era characterized by increasingly complex security challenges and shrinking budgets. All authors agree that taking the status quo for granted is a major obstacle to developing a successful grand strategy and that government, military, international and nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector are all called upon to contribute their best talents and efforts to joint global peace and security activities. Included are viewpoints from academia, the military, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and industry. Despite the broad range of viewpoints, a number of overarching themes and tentative agreements emerged.



1. Conflict Management and Peacebuilding: Pillars of a New American Grand Strategy
Volker C. Franke and Robert H. Dorff

2. New Threats; New Thinking
Frederick W. Smullen

3. The Transatlantic Relationship: A Breaking or Restorable Pillar of a New American Grand Strategy?
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

4. The Nature and Demands of Smart Power
Robert Kennedy

5. A Future U.S. Grand Strategy: Conflict Management Forever with Us, Peacebuilding Not So Much
Michael Lekson and Nathaniel L. Wilson

6. The Role of Peacebuilding and Conflict Management in a Future American Grand Strategy: Time for an “Off Shore” Approach?
Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.

7. Always an Outsider: U.S. Military Role in International Peacebuilding
William Flavin

8. Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: A Grand Strategic Approach to Civil-Military Coordination in the 21st Century
Christopher Holshek

9. Peacebuilding and Development: Challenges for Strategic Thinking
Fouzieh Melanie Alamir

10. Forces of Order and Disorder: Security Providers and Conflict Management
Michael Ashkenazi

11. Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response Options: Addressing the Policy Challenges
Dwight Raymond

12. The United States, China, and India in the New World Order: Consequences for Europe
Liselotte Odgaard

13. Negotiating the Pitfalls of Peace and Security in Africa and a New American Grand Strategy: African Union Peace and Security Architecture and the U.S. Africa Command
Kwesi Aning and Festus Aubyn

14. U.S. Grand Strategy and the Search for Partners: South Africa as a Key Partner in Africa
Abel Esterhuyse

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