Two new publication from the Project on Defense Alterantives:
"Pyrrhus on the Potomac: How America's post-9/11 wars have
undermined US national security"
by Carl Conetta, PDA Briefing Report #18, 05 September 2006.
A comprehensive net assessment of America's post-911 security policy
shows it to be "pyrrhic" in character: although progress has been
made in disrupting Al Qaeda, the broader effect of recent policies
has been to increase the threat to the United States, while
weakening the nation's capacity to respond effectively. Subsections
address the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military readiness issues,
the advance of political Islam, and changes in world opinion. A
concluding section offers recommendations for a new course.
"Die Europäische Union: Stolpersteine auf dem Weg zur Integration
(The European Union: Stumbling Blocks on the Road to Integration)"
by Lutz Unterseher, Guest Publication, Studiengruppe Alternative
Sicherheitspolitik, Berlin, Germany, May 2006. In German with
English abstract (printable fulltext .pdf document).
The EU is entering a sustained period of conflict-prone development
with grossly different paths of adjustment and modernization
stimulating constant fighting for a redistribution of notoriously
scarce central resources. If Europe does not want to fall back onto
the level of a mere free-trade arrangement, if it intends to become
a unified actor in the international arena that transcends the role
of just an economic bloc and is also capable of generating and
executing global policies with respect to the environment, security
and other issues, there is no alternative to an 'open-club régime'.
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