Surviving Victory: A New Definition of National Security

Sponsored by the Green Institute www.greeninstitute.net / www.gp360.net

and Böll Foundation www.boell.org

Washington DC

September 20, 2006

 

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Presentator/Resources:

 

Roger Morris

Strategic Demands of the 21st Century: A New Vision for a New World

by Roger Morris & Steven Schmidt / June 2005

“The moment requires bold innovative approaches to our interests and responsibilities on a drastically changed, swiftly changing planet. What we see as essential to a wide-ranging democratic discussion and debate is a new strategic discourse, addressing causes as well as effects. We must look ahead, envision and plan without illusion or compromising influence, recognize new realities, tell unpopular truths, put the national interest ahead of office, educate and act…”

 

Cited:
Globalization and Its Discontents / Joseph Stiglitz – W.W. Norton, June 2002
Updated: The Three Trillion Dollar War by Joseph Stiglitz & Linda Bilmes

Sascha Müller-Kraenner

Security in our One World / Global Green Recovery, Boell Institute, July 2006
http://www.boell.be/download_de/on_the_outside_looking_in__EN.pdf#search=%22Sascha%20Mueller-Kraenner%22

“… generating new sources of revenues to fund green technologies; intensifying dialogue on existing national green policies; and spurring new international co-operation on green technologies.”

 

Charles Peña

Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism

Published by Potomac Books, March 2006

"Brilliant and incisive demolition of the misguided strategy that the Bush administration concocted in the wake of 9/11.”

http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Un-War-Strategy-War-Terrorism/dp/1574889656/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt/002-0129656-6257608?ie=UTF8

Debating Bush and Clinton Interventions / June 2006

 

A Smaller Military to Fight the War on Terrorism – [PDF] / from Future of US Military Strategy Conference – FPRI / December 2005

“Our global force posture should transition from a sprawling one to that of a balancer of last resort. We would understand that crises and conflicts that develop around the world, for the most part, actually don’t threaten U.S.national security…The military should be about half the size that it is today. In order to transform the military it needs to learn to do more with less. Reducing the defense budget will drive transformation…”

Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy / http://www.realisticforeignpolicy.org/events.php

Winslow Wheeler

Is There Any Hope for Military Reform? [pdf] / September 12, 2006

 

How Congress Sacrifices Readiness for Pork: Smoke and Mirrors in the Defense Budget / January 2006 – CounterPunch http://www.counterpunch.org/wheeler01242006.html

Wastrals of Defense: How Congress Sabotages US Security

Published October 2004

“… a tell-all about the cowardice of Congress.”

http://www.amazon.com/Wastrels-Defense-Congress-Sabotages-Security/dp/159114938X

 

 

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Forum Contributors:

Steve Clemons

The Real State of the Union 2006: A No-Nonsense Assessment of U.S. Foreign Policy and Call to Action / January 2006 http://www.newamerica.net/index.cfm?pg=event&EveID=537

The Washington Note

“Thinking the Unthinkable” http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/001641.php

American Strategy Program http://www.newamerica.net/index.cfm?pg=sec_home&secID=9

Susan Rice

Global Poverty, Weak States and Insecurity / August 2006

“Transnational"spillover" from these states includes conflict, terrorism, disease,
and environmental degradation. Efforts to illuminate the complex relationship between poverty and insecurity may be unwelcome to those who want assurance that global poverty and U.S.national security are unrelated. However, we ignore or obscure the implications of global poverty for global security at our peril.”

http://www.brookings.edu/views/papers/rice/20060816.htm

http://www.brookings.edu/global/aspen/1rice.pdf

Julia Sweig

Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century

Published by PublicAffairs, April 2006

"Since 2000, polls by over a half dozen organizations -- from Pew to Zogby, German Marshall Fund to the Guardian, Eurobarometer to Latinobarómetro -- have tracked the declining views about America, Americans, and U.S. foreign policy in every region of the world."

http://www.amazon.com/Friendly-Fire-Enemies-Anti-American-Century/dp/1586483005

Why They Hate Us: No, it's not our freedoms. Anti-Americanism isn't going away until the U.S. puts some fairness in its foreign policy / Commentary - LA Times August 2006

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-sweig15aug15,1,7288612.story?ctrack=1/

Reversing Anti-American Sentiment Requires New U.S. Engagement on Global Problems

“… the United States is now no longer regarded as special and promising as it once was in the 20th century.” http://www.cfr.org/publication/10247/sweig.html?breadcrumb=default

The Dark Stain of Guantanamo

http://www.cfr.org/publication/10872/dark_stain_of_guantanamo.html?breadcrumb=default