Conduct of Intelligence in Democracies: Processes, Practices, Cultures
What are the role and place of secret services and covert operations in democratic settings? How do states balance the need for both secrecy and openness? What are the challenges to creating effective intelligence practices? Focusing on these crucial questions, the authors of The Conduct of Intelligence in Democracies examine the purposes and processes of intelligence communities in today's security environment.
Handbook of International Trade Agreements: Country, Regional and Global Approaches
Edited by Dr. Robert E. Looney, this handbook explores international and regional preferential trade agreements through which countries with similar interests can benefit from economic liberalization and expanded trade. It also explores the strengths and weaknesses of these agreements as well as how agreement members can sustain growth and prosperity given the perpetual challenges of the global economic environment.
Soldiers, War, Knowledge, and Citizenship: German-American Essays on Civil-Military Relations
Professors Donald Abenheim and Carolyn Halladay have published essays on German-American civil-military relations, an anthology at the center of which is the "citizen in uniform" and concern for this institution. The individual contributions analyze from different perspectives (especially focusing on the problem of tradition), which are challenged by this culture and a corresponding soldierly self-understanding on both sides of the Atlantic. They show how both are harmed under the conditions of the "new wars" of the last decades, with their considerable internal political repercussions—to the detriment of democracy as a whole.
Anatomy of Post-Communist European Defense Institutions
Dr. Thomas-Durell Young delves into the state of defense institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, whose resources have declined at a faster rate than their Western neighbors due to social and fiscal circumstances at home and shifting international attitudes. He documents the status of reform of these armed forces and the role that Western nations have played since the Cold War and identifies barriers to success, the most successful management practices in both Western and Eastern capitals.
Taliban Narratives: The Use and Power of Stories in the Afghanistan Conflict
Why has the Taliban been so much more effective in presenting messages that resonate with the Afghan population than the United States, the Afghan government and their allies? This book, based on years of field research and the assessment of hundreds of original source materials, examines the information operations and related narratives of Afghan insurgents, especially the Afghan Taliban, and investigates how the Taliban has won the information war.