Strategic Studies Quarterly

Volume 13 Issue 4 - Winter 2019

  • Book cover of Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts by by Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson

    Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts 

    by Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson
    Reviewed by Joseph M. Parent

    As China rises, so does the number of books grappling with what that means. Enter a recent scholarly contribution to the debate—Rising Titans, Falling Giants. Where much of the literature focuses on narrow slices of the puzzle, Shifrinson integrates multiple perspectives into a wide-angle view of great power politics. 

  • Book cover of China's Vision of Victory by Jonathan D. T. Ward


    China's Vision of Victory

    by Jonathan D. T. Ward
    Reviewed by Lt Col Matthew Tuzel, USAF 

    China’s Vision of Victory is part contemporary affairs and part history of Chinese strategy. It brings a distinctive, valuable perspective about one of the world’s great powers. Ward provides a good yardstick with which to measure Chinese actions. Will we see actions that match Ward’s argument of great continuities in Chinese strategy, or will world events and internal politics lead to different strategic movements from China? Time will tell, but Ward offers a useful model for thinking about China and Chinese strategy.

  • Book cover of US National Security: New Threats, Old Realities by Paul R. Viotti


    US National Security: New Threats, Old Realities

    by Paul R. Viotti
    Reviewed by William E. Kelly 

    The world we live in today in terms of national security is quite different from the past because of new challenges including cyber warfare, terrorism, global climate change, threats in outer space, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. These challenges will not go away but become more serious, dangerous, important, and in need of a proper response by US policy makers. The author calls for a more realistic future consideration of the central concepts associated with national security.

  • Book cover of American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy by Paul D. Miller


    American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy

    by Paul D. Miller
    Reviewed by Lt Col Kevin McCaskey, USAF 

    American Power and Liberal Order covers a range of concepts in the realm of international relations. Currently a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Miller himself served in the Bush and Obama administrations, the CIA, and RAND and as an Army Reserve officer. This breadth of experience clearly shows as the book—while clearly a contribution to the international relations body of literature—engages regional conflict, homeland security, grand strategy, military power, political theory, and even diplomatic history. Importantly, this work values practicality, relevance, and accessibility over esotericism.

  • Book cover of The Future of Intelligence by Mark M. Lowenthal

    The Future of Intelligence

    by Mark M. Lowenthal
    Reviewed by Col Jamie Sculerati, USAF, Retired 

    The Future of Intelligence is Lowenthal’s distilled assessment of challenges facing the intelligence community in the immediate future. The slim volume is divided into chapters on changes in technology, the evolving role of analysis, and issues of governance and oversight. In the end, Lowenthal’s latest work doesn’t provide answers or a roadmap to the future of intelligence so much as it starts a discussion about key issues affecting that future.



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