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Books Review

Intelligence and National Security

Samantha Newbery
Manchester University Press 2015
Interrogation, Intelligence and Security: Controversial British Techniques (Manchester University Press, 2015) by Samantha Newbery examines issues of history, efficacy, and policy in her thorough examination of British authorities’ use of the “Five Techniques” in Aden, Northern Ireland, and Iraq. Dr. Newbery carefully scrutinizes the historical record, and offers a balanced perspective on controversial interrogation activities throughout the monograph. I look forward to reading her most recent publication, Why Spy?, co-authored with the late, highly decorated former British intelligence officer Brian Stewart.


 Robert M Clark
CQ Press;  2016
Intelligence Analysis: A Target-Centric Approach offers strong, in-depth
coverage of the intelligence process, the evaluation of data, and the
analysis of the customer. Clark's work has demonstrated its professional
success and acceptance within the academic community and the practicing
world of intelligence analysis." -- Ronald Vardy "Intelligence
Analysis: A Target-Centric Approach is a major contributor toward making
intelligence analysis a more scientific process. Those involved in
behavioral analysis have tended to rely more on intuitive approaches and
the historical method for their analyses. With Clark's text, behavioral
analysts can learn the utility and procedures for making their analyses
more systematic and scientific. It comprehensively covers modeling and
other analytic techniques, as well as the intelligence cycle,
collection, managing analysis and dealing with intelligence customers."
-- Michael Collier "Intelligence Analysis: A Target-Centric Approach is a
top notch text, written by an expert, and aimed at serious intelligence
courses. Clark provides a well-rounded book that touches on all
relevant collection and analytical disciplines.

Western Foreign Fighters
The Threat to Homeland and International Security

Rowman and Littlefield 2016
April 17, 2017 Paul Knight
Phil Gurski‘s Western Foreign Fighters: The Threat to Homeland and International Security (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) is his second recent monograph on terrorism, and another useful resource for practitioners and non-specialists alike. Written in an approachable, grounded style, Western Foreign Fighters is both topical and novel; its comparative analysis of volunteers’ participation in non-sanctioned conflicts both jihadist and secular is especially notable. Gurski’s measured, thoughtful analysis is a credit to the Canadian intelligence community (wherein he spent his entire career) and I look forward to his further publications.

Australia's Defence Strategy
Evaluating Alternatives for a Contested Asia

Adam Lockyer
Melbourne University Press 2017
May 14, 2017 Jason Schulman
In Australia’s Defence Strategy: Evaluating Alternatives for a Contested Asia (Melbourne University Press, 2017), Adam Lockyer, a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Macquarie University, explores how to use theory to evaluate defense strategies. He applies his analytical framework to several options facing Australia’s defense strategists.

Russia's Securitization of Chechnya
How War Became Acceptable

Julie Wilhelmsen
Routledge 2017
A study of the transformations of the image of Chechnya in the Russian public sphere, Julie Wilhelmsen performs a post-structuralist revision of the Copenhagen schools concept of securitization a process by which state actors transform subjects into matters of security which allows for the application of extraordinary security measures. Looking at the case of the Russian-Chechen wars, Wilhelmsen suggests that securitization theory may explain the shift in the public perception of the First and Second Chechen wars: from viewing it as a case of local separatism to seeing the Second war as a counter-terrorism operation.
Wilhelmsen’s book makes several important contributions to the idea of securitization and the way it applies to the Russia-Chechen wars. She argues that securitization may not be limited to a specific event or change in policy but is rather a broader process, a sum of statements and events, which can gradually change political attitudes. Looking at Russia’s securitization of Chechnya as a complex, multifaceted process allows Wilhelmsen to dispute the idea of Russian politics as authoritarian and focused on a figure of leader. By analyzing the statements of the political elite, journalists, and experts on the war in Chechnya Wilhelmsen demonstrates how the image of Chechnya was gradually constructed as a threatening, terrorist entity foreign and hostile to Russia. An important point Wilhemsen also makes in her book has to do with the possible threat of securitization and phenomena such as the War on Terror present to the human rights: securitization has shown to often lead to legitimizing multiple breaches of human rights as state actors are responding to security threats. Wilhelmsen’s study of social processes, which make wars acceptable will be of interest to scholars of politics, international relations and security studies as well as area studies scholars.


Congress Buys a Navy
Politics, Economics, and the Rise of American Naval Power, 1881-1921

Paul Pedisich
Naval Institute Press 2016
In the forty years between 1881 and 1921, the United States Navy went from a small force focused on coastal defense to one of the world’s largest fleets. In Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, Economics, and the Rise of American Naval Power, 1881-1921 (Naval Institute Press, 2016), Paul Pedisich describes the role that the legislative branch played in making this happen. At the start of the period, the Navy possessed a more decentralized organization than today, with the bureau chiefs who ran it more responsive to Congress than the executive branch. The legislators who played critical roles in shaping policy during this period were often driven more by local concerns than any overarching vision of what the Navy should become. Starting in the 1880s, however, successive presidential administrations gradually persuaded Congress to provide more funding to build modern ships. Over time, America’s growing engagement in global affairs led to the expansion of the navy, as the acquisition of an overseas empire brought the United States into competition with European powers, which required a naval force that could defend the increasing number of American interests abroad.

Rogue Justice
The Making of the Security State

Karen Greenberg
Crown Publishers 2016

The 9/11 attacks revealed a breakdown in American intelligence and there was a demand for individuals and institutions to find out what went wrong, correct it, and prevent another catastrophe like 9/11 from ever happening again. In Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State (Crown Publishers, 2016) Karen J. Greenberg discusses how the architects of the War on Terror transformed American justice into an arm of the Security State. She tells the story of law and policy after 9/11, introducing the reader to key players and events, showing that time and again, when liberty and security have clashed, justice has been the victim. Expanded intelligence capabilities established after 9/11 (such as torture, indefinite detention even for Americans, offshore prisons created to bypass the protections of the rule of law, mass warrantless surveillance against Americans not suspected of criminal behavior, and overseas assassinations of terrorism suspects, including at least one American) have repeatedly chosen to privilege security over the rule of law. The book addresses how fear guides policy and the dangers of indulging these fears. Karen concludes that “[t]he institutions of justice, caught up in the war on terror, have gone rogue.”

Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War

William H. Shaw
Routledge 2016
On any mature view, war is horrific. Naturally, there is a broad range of fundamental ethical questions regarding war. According to most moral theories, war is nonetheless sometimes permitted, and perhaps even obligatory. But even an obligatory war may be fought in a morally impermissible way. So it makes sense to distinguish the moral questions concerning the decision to wage war from the questions concerning the conduct of soldiers, armies, and states in the course of fighting a war. There is a large and growing contemporary literature devoted to these questions. Surprisingly absent from these discussions are utilitarian views of the morality of war.
In Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War (Routledge, 2016) William H. Shaw of San Jose State University provides a much needed utilitarian analysis of the ethics of war. Shaw proposes a fundamental utilitarian principle regarding the moral rightness of waging war, and then argues on utilitarian grounds for a compelling conception of the morality, duties, and responsibilities that apply to those fighting a war.

George T. Diaz
Border Contraband
A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande
University of Texas Press 2015
In Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande (University of Texas Press, 2015) Professor George T. Diaz examines a subject that has received scant attention by historians, but one that is at the heart of contemporary debates over U.S.-Mexico immigration and border enforcement. Focusing on trans-border communities, like Laredo/Nuevo Laredo, Diaz details the interplay between state efforts to regulate cross-border trade and the border people that subverted state and federal laws through acts of petty smuggling and trafficking. Using folk songs (corridos), memoirs, court documents, and newspapers, Diaz uncovers the social history of a transnational contrabandista community that responded to the hardening of the U.S.-Mexico border and the enforcement of trade regulations through the formation of a moral economy. Holding nuanced views of newly erected legal and physical barriers to the mobility of people and consumer goods across the border, contrabandistas established a cultural world of smuggling that regulated trade on its own terms and frustrated state efforts to define and police notions of legality/illegality.
Foreshadowing our contemporary moment in which the Rio Grande Valley is associated with criminality, violence, and drug trafficking, Diaz argues, (1) that it was the creation and enforcement of national borders by the U.S. and Mexican states that led to smuggling by establishing a market for contraband goods; and (2) that border people were proactive agents in negotiating and obstructing state efforts to regulate and criminalize activities that were common practice and essential to life along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Defenseless Under the Night
The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security

Matthew Dallek
Oxford University Press 2016
Matthew Dallek is the author of Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security (Oxford University Press, 2016). Dallek is associate professor of political management at The George Washington University.
In Defenseless Under the Night, Dallek tells the fascinating history behind America’s first federal office of homeland security created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt appointed New York Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia as director and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as assistant director. While La Guardia focused on preparing the country against foreign attack and militarizing the citizenry, Eleanor Roosevelt believed that the OCD should concentrate instead on establishing a wartime New Deal and a focus on “social defense.”

Meet The Team
  1. Jennifer Roberts
    Jennifer Roberts, PhD. She currently serves as the Managing Director for National Strategic Intelligence, where she is primarily responsible for covering global affairs and opportunities. Jennifer started her career as nuclear proliferation and arms control analyst.
  2. Jason Parker
    Jason Parker is the founder and president of Strategic Intelligence and cofounder of the Competitive Intelligence Section. His articles have been published in leading publications.
  3. Jonquil Wu
    Jonquil Wu is one of the world's leading authorities on competitive strategy and international competitiveness. He serves as an advisor to CEOs throughout the world.
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