Academic journal article Military Review

US National Security Policy and Strategy, 1987-1994: Documents and Policy Proposals

Academic journal article Military Review

US National Security Policy and Strategy, 1987-1994: Documents and Policy Proposals

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US NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY AND STRATEGY, 1987-1994: Documents and Policy Proposals, edited by Robert A Vitas and John Allen Williams. 304 pages. Greenwood Press, Westport, CF. 1996. $75.00.

Even before historians stopped arguing about how the Cold War began, Robert Vitas and John Williams have ambitiously produced a resource guide about how it ended. Their intent is to present a road map for future study and research. They thematically lay out key post-Cold War issues and how policymakers responded.

The document collection, which includes key speeches, laws and proposals, defines the post-Cold War US vision and new ways national security institutions, mechanisms and alliances can meet future needs. The authors examine regional conflicts-Central America, Operation Desert Storm, Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia-the United States has confronted. The authors also highlight perplexing key issues in a world without superpower confrontation.

Each chapter contains excerpts from longer documents, but the authors fail to include any explanations or introductions other than short overviews at each chapter's beginning. Students and researchers will struggle to put these "sound bites" in perspective-there are no explanatory footnotes identifying key people and terms. …

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