Academic journal article Military Review

The Emerging Strategic Environment: Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

Academic journal article Military Review

The Emerging Strategic Environment: Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

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THE EMERGING STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT: Challenges of the Twenty-First Century, Williamson Murray, ed., Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT, 1999, 320 pages, $59.95.

The Emerging Strategic Environment: Challenges of the Twenty-- First Century contains relevant, timely essays about the strategic directions of Europe and the Middle East as well as how the US military is dealing with what many people believe is a revolution in military affairs. Editor Williamson Murray believes strategic thinkers should really be focusing on Europe, which in this case extends to Russia, and the Middle East-not Asia-as the strategic fulcrum for the world's strategic balance.

The essays' regional and country-- specific writers showcase changes in European foreign-policy attitudes since the end of the Cold War. Although many of the essayists point to economics as key to the emerging strategic environment, their unwillingness to see economic globalization by way of China, Japan and the rest of Asia is mystifying considering the current economic power and potential of those countries. …

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