Explaining the connection between economics and violent extremism, this book argues that American foreign policy must be rebalanced with a greater emphasis on social inclusion and shared prosperity in order to mitigate the root causes of conflict.
Rosenberger argues that economic coercion has usually proven counterproductive, and that a militarized American foreign policy too often results in frustration and strategic failure. He analyses this theory through a number of case studies, from the Treaty of Versailles to the more recent issues of Israel in Gaza, US sanctions against Iran, the US backed, Saudi-led boycott of Qatar and Donald Trump’s trade war against China. He concludes that the economic logic of social inclusion and shared prosperity demonstrated in Jean Monnet’s European Coal and Steel Community would be a more successful strategy in reducing the demand for violence in the civil wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria.
This book will be of particular relevance for courses on American Foreign Policy, International Relations and International Political Economy and seminars on the Near East and South Asia. Professional economists, diplomats and military officers in America and in the Near East and South Asia will also find the argument useful.
Dr. Leif Rosenberger retired from US government in March of 2016 after a 35-year career as a practitioner, scholar and educator. He was a Full Professor of Economics at the US Army War College, where he also held the General Douglas MacArthur Academic Chair of Research in Strategic Studies Institute. In addition, he was the Chief Economist at PACOM and CENTCOM and an analyst at CIA and DIA.
In February 2018 Dr. Rosenberger was promoted to Chief Economist at ACERTAS, a think tank in Los Angeles which does economic, political and military risk assessments. His services are also in demand as the Head of the Global Division at the Global Economic Institute in Ottawa, an Editor and Contributor to Maven/Econo-Monitor at Roubini Global Economics in New York, a Senior Partner at Media Bay Ventures in Reno, Nevada and a Director at Think Renewables Group and Think-Biz Africa in Toronto.