The Evolution of Military Power in the West and Asia: Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Era, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Evolution of Military Power in the West and Asia

Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Era, 1st Edition

Edited by Pauline Eadie, Wyn Rees


220 pages

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This book investigates how states in both the West and Asia have responded to multi-dimensional security challenges since the end of the Cold War, focusing on military transformation.

Looking at a cross-section of different countries, this volume assesses how their armed forces have responded to a changing international security context. The book investigates two main themes. First, how the process of military ‘transformation’- in terms of technological advances and new ways of conducting warfare - has impacted on the militaries of various countries. These technologies are hugely expensive and the extent to which different states can afford them, and the ability of these states to utilise these technologies, differs greatly. Second, the volume investigates the social dimensions of military transformation. It reveals the expanding breadth of tasks that contemporary armed forces have been required to address. This includes the need for military forces to work with other actors, such as non-governmental agencies and humanitarian organisations, and the ability of armed forces to fight asymmetric opponents and conduct post-conflict reconstruction tasks. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan exemplified how important the relationship between technological and social transformation has become.

This book will be of much interest to students of strategic studies, military innovation, Asian politics, security studies and International Relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Pauline Eadie and Wyn Rees PART I: Diversification of Tasks and Cross-sectorial Engagement 2. The Military and the Humanitarian Capacities Challenge, Randolph Kent and Charlotte Crabtree 3. Post-conflict Reconstruction: Concepts, Issues and Challenges, Alpaslan Ozerdem PART II: The West 4. The United States and Transformation, Wyn Rees 5. Western European Armed Forces and the Modernisation Agenda, David J. Galbreath 6. Military Transformation in Russia, Keir Giles PART III: Asia 7. Great Power Identity, Security Imaginary and Military Transformation in China, Rex Li 8. Japan’s Military Transformation, Christopher W. Hughes 9. Indian Military Transformation in the Twenty-First Century, Rajat Ganguly 10. Smart Power, Military Transformation and the United States-Philippine Joint Balikatan Exercises, Pauline Eadie 11. Conclusion, Pauline Eadie and Wyn Rees

About the Editors

Pauline Eadie is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the University of Nottingham, UK, and is author of Poverty and the Critical Security Agenda (2005).

Wyn Rees is Professor of International Security at the University of Nottingham, UK, and is author or editor of 13 books.

About the Series

Routledge Global Security Studies

Global Security Studies is a series for cutting-edge monographs and books on international security. It emphasizes cutting-edge scholarship on the forces reshaping global security and the dilemmas facing decision-makers the world over. The series stresses security issues relevant in many countries and regions, accessible to broad professional and academic audiences as well as to students, and enduring through explicit theoretical foundations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
HISTORY / Military / United States
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General