Israel´s Asymmetric Wars: S. Cohen
The Road to Fatima Gate is a first-person narrative account of revolution, terrorism, and war during history´s violent return to Lebanon after 15 years of quiet. Michael J. Totten´s version of events in one of the most volatile countries in the world´s most volatile region is one part war correspondence, one part memoir, and one part road movie. He sets up camp in a tent city built in downtown Beirut by anti-Syrian dissidents, is bullied and menaced by Hezbollah´s supposedly friendly ´´media relations´´ department, crouches under fire on the Lebanese-Israeli border during the six-week war in 2006, witnesses an Israeli ground invasion from behind a line of Merkava tanks, sneaks into Hezbollah´s post-war rubblescape without authorization, and is attacked in Beirut by militiamen who enforce obedience to the ´´resistance´´ at the point of a gun. From the ´´Cedar Revolution´´ that ousted the occupying Syrian military regime in 2005, to the devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, and to Hezbollah´s slow-motion but violent assault on Lebanon´s elected government and capital, Totten´s account is both personal and comprehensive. He simplifies the bewildering complexity of the Middle East, has access to major regional players as well as to the man on the street, and personally witnesses most of the events he describes. The Road to Fatima Gate should be indispensable reading for anyone interested in the Middle East, Iran´s expansionist foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, asymmetric warfare, and terrorism in the aftermath of September 11. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Roy Grimsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/029904/bk_acx0_029904_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the Baltic to the South China Sea, newly assertive authoritarian states sense an opportunity to resurrect old empires or build new ones at America´s expense. Hoping that US decline is real, nations such as Russia, Iran, and China are testing Washington´s resolve by targeting vulnerable allies at the frontiers of American power. The Unquiet Frontier explains why the United States needs a new grand strategy that uses strong frontier alliance networks to raise the costs of military aggression in the new century. Jakub Grygiel and Wess Mitchell describe the aggressive methods rival nations are using to test US power in strategically critical regions throughout the world. They show how rising and revisionist powers are putting pressure on our frontier allies - countries like Poland, Israel, and Taiwan - to gauge our leaders´ commitment to upholding the US-led global order. To cope with these dangerous dynamics, nervous US allies are diversifying their national-security ´´menu cards´´ by beefing up their militaries or even aligning with their aggressors. Grygiel and Mitchell reveal how numerous would-be great powers use an arsenal of asymmetric techniques to probe and sift American strength across several regions simultaneously, and how rivals and allies alike are learning from America´s management of increasingly interlinked global crises to hone effective strategies of their own. The Unquiet Frontier demonstrates why the United States must strengthen the international order that has provided greater benefits to the world than any in history. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen McLaughlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/032223/bk_adbl_032223_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.