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America's viceroys : the military and U.S. foreign policy /
edited by Derek S. Reveron.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
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214 p.
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1403964130
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
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1403964130
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5211190
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Derek Reveron has put together an excellent work describing the controversial role of our nation's combatant commanders. It is an insightful, accurate, and provocative presentation of the issues and history done by first-rate contributors who clearly know the subject."--Anthony C. Zinni, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-01-01:
America's "Viceroys," its generals and admirals who head the nation's five geographical combatant commands, control substantial budgets that translate into military-training opportunities and enhanced security for foreign nations. Just how much influence do these commanders enjoy? This volume attempts to provide an answer. The introduction is followed by two chapters that provide a context for the case studies that form the bulk of this brief book. Chapters 4 through 7 are case studies, on the basis of which chapter 8 attempts to draw conclusions. The editor, along with coauthor Michelle Gavin, does an admirable job of introducing the topic, but his case study on General Wesley Clark descends into hagiography. Other weak links include Stephen Wrage's concluding chapter, which fails to take seriously the issues raised by the best of the contributions: those of Chris Fettweis on the evolution of the combatant commander's role in the US foreign policy process, and Dean Cook's detailed analysis of General Charles Wilhelm's role in shaping US foreign policy for Colombia. Despite its flaws, this book has little competition. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers and practitioners. T. S. Langston Tulane University
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"Derek Reveron has put together an excellent work describing the controversial role of our nation's combatant commanders. It is an insightful, accurate, and provocative presentation of the issues and history done by first-rate contributors who clearly know the subject."--General Anthony C. Zinni, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
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The reliance based on armed force as an instrument of foreign policy by the United States, has led to the vesting of enormous political, diplomatic, economic, as well as military power in regional commanders-in-chief. This text explores the expanded role of the 21st century American CIC.
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With the US armed forces playing an ever increasing central role in American foreign policy, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the role of regional Commanders-in-Chief (CINCs) in both implementing and shaping relations with various countries. Wielding tremendous power and substantial resources, both military and economic, these officers are also diplomats, advisors, and intermediaries between other countries and the Washington policy process. This book explores the role these military commanders play in contemporary US foreign policy.
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With the US armed forces playing an ever increasing central role in American foreign policy, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the role of regional Commanders-in-Chief (CINCs) in both implementing and shaping relations with various countries. Wielding tremendous power and substantial resources, both military and economic, these officers are also diplomats, advisors, and intermediaries between other countries and the Washington policy process. This book explores the role these military commanders play in contemporary U.S. foreign policy.
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America's Viceroys examines the role military commanders play in contemporary U.S. foreign policy.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
America's Viceroys
The Unified Command Plan
Militarizing Diplomacy: Warrior-Diplomats and the Foreign Policy Process
Pacific Command: A Warrior-Diplomat Speaks--Admiral
European Command: General Wesley Clark and the War for Kosovo
Southern Command: General Charles Wilhelm and U.S. Military Engagement with Colombia
Central Command: Where History is Made
The Combatant Commander: The Man in the Middle
Bibliography
Index
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