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The Contest For Central Asia

AUTHOR:  Alexander Cooley PUBLISHED BY:  Oxford University Press, USA REVIEWED BY:  Patrick Swan, per Concordiam contributor In the 1800s, Russia and Great Britain played a geopolitical “great game” to control trade routes from…

‘War by other memes’

AUTHORs:  P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking PUBLISHED BY:  Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt REVIEWED BY:  Patrick Swan, per Concordiam contributor If war is, as Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz so memorably…

Hybrid War in the Lands in Between

BOOK AUTHOR:  Mitchell A. Orenstein PUBLISHED BY:  Oxford University Press, 2019 REVIEWED BY:  per Concordiam Staff Mitchell Orenstein assures us that his book, The Lands in Between: Russia vs. the West and the New Politics of Hybrid…

An Essential Military Role

Edited by:  U.S. Army Col. William Mendel and Dr. Peter McCabe PUBLISHED BY:  JSOU Press REVIEWED BY:  per Concordiam Staff It is counterintuitive that nations should employ special operations military forces to combat…

What the Past Reveals

AUTHORS: Peter R. Mansoor and Williamson Murray PUBLISHED BY: Cambridge University Press, 2016 REVIEWED BY: per Concordiam Staff Seven precarious coalitions battled French attempts to dominate Europe in the Napoleonic…

The battle for digital supremacy

Book author: David Patrikarakos Published by: Basic Books Reviewer: per Concordiam Staff Social media has made a mockery of the old saw that a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Today,…

Islam’s Revival in Central Asia

Book author, editor: Pauline Jones Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017 Reviewer: Diana Clark Gill Civil violence is worrisome no matter where it originates or where its proponents strike. But in the case of Central…

Countering extremism at the national level

Book author: Hamed El-Said Published by Palmgrave Macmillan, 2015 Reviewer: Clare Calvert As the number of countries dealing with the threat of foreign terrorist fighters increases, the book New Approaches to Countering Violent…

A History of Cyberspace

Book editor: Eneken Tikk-Ringas; published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London; December 2015. Reviewed by: Joseph W. Vann, Marshall Center Evolution of the Cyber Domain: The Implications for National and…