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The Use of American Military Force in the Post-Cold War World

Author: , President, Council on Foreign Relations

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Publisher Brookings Institution Press

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Price $22.95 paper

220 pages
ISBN 978-0870030574


Questions of when, where, and how the United States should use military force abroad dominated foreign policy discussions during the Cold War and promise to do the same in its aftermath. Richard N. Haass traces the evolution of this critical debate, taking into account the impact of new technologies, new states, new weapons, and new thinking about new sovereignty and intervention. He assesses where the United States should be prepared to use force in the future, what it might entail, and what would constitute a proper division of labor between the United States, regional organizations, and the United Nations.

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Richard N. Haass is vice president and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. A former special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director on the National Security Council staff who received the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to policymaking during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Haass is the author or editor of eight books on American foreign policy, including The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States after the Cold War (Council on Foreign Relations, 1997).

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