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Exporting Security

International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military

Derek S. Reveron

Publication Year: 2010

Given U.S. focus on the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is easy to miss that the military does much more than engage in combat. On any given day, military engineers dig wells in East Africa, medical personnel provide vaccinations in Latin America, and special forces mentor militaries in southeast Asia.

To address today's security challenges, the military partners with civilian agencies, NGOs, and the private sector both at home and abroad. By doing so, the United States seeks to improve its international image, strengthen the state sovereignty system by training and equipping partners' security forces, prevent localized violence from escalating into regional crises, and protect U.S. national security by addressing underlying conditions that inspire and sustain violent extremism.

In Exporting Security, Derek Reveron provides a comprehensive analysis of the shift in U.S. foreign policy from coercive diplomacy to cooperative military engagement, examines how and why the U.S. military is an effective tool of foreign policy, and explores the methods used to reduce security deficits around the world.

Published by: Georgetown University Press


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List of Illustrations

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pp. xi-xiii

Because I attended graduate school in the 1990s, it was not unusual that I studied democratization in Eastern Europe and Latin America like many scholars of my generation. After all, the democratic transformation movements of the 1990s were the most significant events in comparative and international politics. Although good governance and transformation politics is an important field, changes ...


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p. xv

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

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pp. 1-9

When President Bush announced in early 2007 that the United States would become more strategically engaged in Africa, it was through the creation of a new military command—U.S. Africa Command—and not through increasing the activities of the U.S. Agency for International Development ...

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1. Beyond Warfare

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pp. 11-29

Given the large number of U.S. military forces deployed around the world and the casualties sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is easy to miss that the military does much more than engage in combat. On any given day, military engineers dig wells in East Africa, medical personnel provide vaccinations in Latin America, and Special Forces mentor militaries in southeast Asia. By doing so, the ...

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2. Military Engagement, Strategy, and Policy

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pp. 31-54

Many states increasingly rely on the United States for either the actual provision of security or the training and equipment necessary to perform security functions. While militaries historically have cooperated against a common adversary, the decline of interstate war and the rise of transnational threats have made the prospect of exporting security more compelling.1 Paul Collier argues that ...

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3. Resistance to Military Engagement

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pp. 55-77

Over the last twenty years, as militaries have shifted from a core responsibility of preparing for and prevailing in major war to more direct foreign policy engagements and training partners’ militaries, a natural opposition arose. Security scholars and practitioners have been debating the proper use of the armed forces for decades. While some policymakers call for a conservative...

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4. Demilitarizing Combatant Commands

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pp. 79-100

In contrast to popular perception, the real power in the U.S. military is not headquartered at the Pentagon. Instead, it is located at six geographic combatant commands located in Florida, Hawaii, Colorado, and Germany. With numerous changes in law, policy, and the perceptions of the security environment during the last half century, combatant commands have replaced the military...

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5. Security Cooperation

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pp. 101-122

A new cooperative security approach is replacing traditional notions of national defense, which is driven by an increase in preventive and humanitarian military interventions. This has been occurring for complex strategic reasons.1 Benjamin Fordham has shown that concerns about the welfare of allies have an ...

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6. Promoting Maritime Security

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pp. 123-144

Much attention has been given to the ways governments are changing the use of their ground forces, especially when it comes to conducting peacekeeping, stability operations, and counterinsurgency. This attention is no surprise given that NATO countries have more than 250,000 military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. These ground forces have learned the hard lessons of sta-...

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7. Implications for the Force

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pp. 145-167

In response to a soldier’s question about lacking the appropriate training and equipment for counterinsurgency in Iraq, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld quipped, “you go to war with the army you have.” That may be true, but the secretary of defense is responsible for determining the type of military the country needs. This is important not only when the military is engaged in warfare ...

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8. From Confrontation to Cooperation

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pp. 169-184

As many scholars have recognized, the international system has changed substantially enough to merit reconsidering fundamental ideas about power and security. This book is an addition to that literature; I suggest that power cannot be measured in military terms alone, that militaries do more than fight wars, and that nonstate actors increasingly challenge traditional understanding of national ...


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pp. 185-204

About the Author

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p. 205

E-ISBN-13: 9781589016194
E-ISBN-10: 158901619X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781589017085
Print-ISBN-10: 1589017080

Page Count: 224
Illustrations: 2 figures, 10 tables
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 659500406
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Subject Headings

  • United States -- Military policy.
  • United States -- Armed Forces.
  • Engagement (Philosophy) -- Political aspects -- United States.
  • National security -- United States
  • Security, International.
  • International cooperation.
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