Averting Global War: Regional Challenges, Overextension, and by H. Gardner

By H. Gardner

Averting worldwide conflict examines significant local disputes and conflicts through the international as they influence upon either American household and international policy.

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

Avoiding worldwide struggle examines significant neighborhood disputes and conflicts in the course of the international as they effect upon either American household and overseas coverage.

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Despite apparently common ideologies among some “radical” groups, there is no reason to assume that an absolute “solidarity” exists among various Islamist groups and states. A policy of “containment” seeks to prevent opposing states from further expanding their power and influence; such a containment policy also seeks to prevent militant groups that have already gained public support from gaining even greater popularity and strength. In the post-cold war era, a number of militant groups have made significant gains (if not victories) in the electoral process.

Furthermore, the more NATO became involved in peacekeeping and in regional “out of area” conflicts (such as the question of Bosnia at the time Nitze was writing), the less attention NATO would pay to strategic nuclear defense, and the less it would be prepared to deter possible conventional and nuclear conflict among the major powers. Strategic military decision making would furthermore be hampered by too many members. The problem raised here is that an increasingly “global” NATO that seeks to defend the expanded borders of a new Europe—at the same time that it both provokes Russia and engages in peacekeeping in the Balkans and in the global war on terror in Afghanistan—risks hypertrophy.

Despite conflict between differing sects, practical politics can make strange bedfellows, or can result in opposition among individuals within the same political-religious grouping. Iraqi Muslims (both Sunni and Shi’a) generally seek a strong centralized state, as opposed to Kurdish demands for greater decentralization, if not outright independence. Here, the interim prime minister, Ibrahim Jaafari, a member of the UIA, has opposed a decentralized Iraq, along the lines of the Kurdish regions of Iraq, to take place throughout the country.

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