Accession Number:

ADA609963

Title:

Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications for the U.S. Military

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

92.0

Abstract:

Significant political, economic, and social change can dramatically impact the international security environment and hence U.S. security. For example, the revolutions that have unfolded across the Middle East and North Africa over the last several years have impacted American interests such as the security of Israel and the spread of democracy. Likewise, the less revolutionary but equally impactful changes that have unfolded across Latin America over the last 15 years have affected American interests such as free and open trade and access to reliable energy sources. In response to these changes, American leaders will wield diplomacy, development, and defense tools to safeguard U.S. interests and to fulfill broader policy objectives. Whether and how those leaders choose to wield Landpower--a critically important element of the defense toolbox--is subject to significant debate these days in light of sequestrations continuing impact and the post-war drawdown impacting the U.S. Army in particular. For these reasons, it seemed appropriate and necessary to examine the changes--revolutionary as well as evolutionary--that have unfolded across two disparate but vital regions of the globe, namely the Greater Middle East and Latin America, and how the United States might respond with all the tools at its disposal, including the U.S. Army. That was the task given to a panel of experts convened by the U.S. Army War College at the 24th annual Strategy Conference in April 2013 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The panel addressed the nature of the changes occurring in the Greater Middle East and Latin America, potential American responses, and the utility of Landpower as a tool to safeguard U.S. interests and advance U.S. objectives. The chapters in this edited volume are based upon the presentations at the Strategy Conference.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE