Defense Strategy

Backgrounder

Japan and Its Military

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik

Japan's constitution forbids a traditional military, allowing only a narrowly defined Self Defense Force, or SDF. Some experts now see acceleration in the longstanding movement to modernize and strengthen the country's national defense.

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Backgrounder

U.S. Military Strategy in Iraq

Author: Lionel Beehner

With all the talk of drawing down U.S. forces in Iraq, the U.S. military is quietly adopting a strategy that gets more U.S. soldiers onto the streets to interact with Iraqi locals and forces. Experts say this strategy will be successful at securing Iraq in the long run, even though it puts troops at greater risk in the short run.

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Event

"How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle"

In How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, Gideon Rose argues that American leaders always forget the political aspects of war and focus more on beating up the enemy than on creating a stable postwar environment. Please join Gideon Rose to discuss his examination of the choices confronting presidents and their advisers during the final stages of each major conflict from World War I through Iraq.  

For more information on How Wars End, visit: http://www.cfr.org/publication/22995

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War of Necessity, War of Choice

In War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars, Richard N. Haass, one of a handful of top government officials involved in the decision-making process during both Iraq conflicts, explains how and why the two wars resulted from two different policymaking processes, approaches to U.S. foreign policy, and presidential personalities. The book—part history, part memoir—provides a much-needed compass for how the United States can apply the lessons learned from the two wars so that it is better positioned to put into practice what worked and to avoid repeating what so clearly did not.

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