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Jones, Seth G. 1972-

Overview
Works: 104 works in 369 publications in 1 language and 25,719 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HV6432.5.Q2, 958.1047
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Seth G Jones
Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan by Seth G Jones( )

20 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study explores the nature of the insurgency in Afghanistan, the key challenges and successes of the campaign, and the capabilities necessary to wage effective counterinsurgency operations. It argues that successful counterinsurgency requires effective indigenous security forces, especially police; a viable and legitimate local government; and the suppression ofexternal support for insurgents
Afghanistan's local war : building local defense forces by Seth G Jones( )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Security in Afghanistan has historically required a combination of top-down efforts from the central government and bottom-up efforts from local communities. Since 2001, U.S. and broader international efforts have focused on establishing security solely from the top down through Afghan national security forces and other central government institutions. But local security forces are a critical complement to these efforts, especially in rural areas of the country. The Afghan government and NATO forces need to move quickly to establish a more-effective bottom-up strategy to complement top-down efforts by better leveraging local communities. The Afghan government can work with existing community structures that oppose insurgents to establish village-level policing entities, such as arbakai and chalweshtai, with support from NATO. Effectively leveraging local communities should significantly improve counterinsurgency prospects and can facilitate mobilization of the population against insurgents. This analysis documents lessons about the viability of establishing local security in Afghanistan and addresses concerns about the wisdom of such policies
Building a successful Palestinian state by Robert Edwards Hunter( )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 2,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout the history of Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, security has been the most important-and most challenging-issue for Palestinians, Israelis, and their neighbors. This study examines key external security issues that must be met for there to be a successful independent Palestinian state following a peace agreement with Israel. It makes proposals for an international (NATO-led) peace-enabling force, Palestinian security forces, and liaison and confidence-building cooperation between Palestine and Israel. This study also examines Palestinian policing, the nature of security arrangements along the Palestinian-Israeli border, counterterrorism efforts, intelligence functions, and broader Middle East security efforts. See also the companion volumes: The RAND Palestinian State Study Team, Building a Successful Palestinian State, Santa Monica, Calif.: The RAND Corporation, MG-146-DCR, 2005; Doug Suisman, Steven N. Simon, Glenn E. Robinson, C. Ross Anthony, and Michael Schoenbaum, The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, MG-327-GG, 2005
Establishing law and order after conflict by Seth G Jones( )

19 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a nation-building operation, outside states invest much of their resources in establishing and maintaining the host country's police, internal security forces, and justice system. This book examines post-Cold War reconstruction efforts, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, and assesses the success of U.S. and allied efforts in reconstructing internal security institutions
Securing tyrants or fostering reform? : U.S. internal security assistance to repressive and transitioning regimes by Seth G Jones( )

13 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study examines the results of U.S. assistance to the internal security forces of four repressive states: El Salvador, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Efforts to improve the security, human rights, and accountability of security forces appear more likely to succeed in states transitioning from repressive to democratic systems. In addition, several factors are critical for success: the duration of assistance, viability of the justice system, and support and buy-in from the local government (including key ministries)
Counterinsurgency in Pakistan by Seth G Jones( )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 2,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since 2001, Pakistan has undertaken a number of operations against militant groups, including al Qa'ida, that directly affect US national security. Despite some successes, militant groups continue to present a significant threat to Pakistan, the United States, and a range of other countries. Numerous militant networks -- including al Qa'ida and other foreign fighters -- exist in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and North West Frontier Province. This volume examines these militants, their history, and their relationships with the people and government of Pakistan and identifies means for enhancing cooperation between people and government to reduce the militant threat."--P. [4] of cover
How terrorist groups end : lessons for countering Al Qa'ida by Seth G Jones( )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All terrorist groups eventually end. But how do they end? Answers to this question have enormous implications for counterterrorism efforts. The evidence since 1968 indicates that most groups have ended because they joined the political process, or local police and intelligence agencies arrested or killed key members. Military force has rarely been the primary reason for the end of terrorist groups, and few groups within this time frame achieved victory. This has significant implications for dealing with al Qa'ida and suggests fundamentally rethinking post September 11 U.S. counterterrorism strategy. The ending of most terrorist groups requires a range of policy instruments, such as careful police and intelligence work, military force, political negotiations, and economic sanctions. Yet policy makers need to understand where to prioritize their efforts with limited resources and attention. Following an examination of 648 terrorist groups that existed between 1968 and 2006, the authors found that a transition to the political process is the most common way in which terrorist groups ended (43 percent). The possibility of a political solution is inversely linked to the breadth of terrorist goals. Most terrorist groups that end because of politics seek narrow policy goals. The narrower the goals of a terrorist organization, the more likely it can achieve them without violent action and the more likely the government and terrorist group may be able to reach a negotiated settlement. Against terrorist groups that cannot or will not make a transition to nonviolence, policing is likely to be the most effective strategy (40 percent). Police and intelligence services have better training and information to penetrate and disrupt terrorist organizations than do such institutions as the military. In 10 percent of the cases, terrorist groups ended because their goals were achieved, and military force led to the end of terrorist groups in 7 percent of the cases
Securing health : lessons from nation-building missions by Seth G Jones( )

10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

RAND researchers analyzed the health components of seven post-World War II nation-building efforts conducted after major conflicts-Germany, Japan, Somalia, Haiti, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq-and found that two factors are correlated with successful health outcomes: planning and coordination, and infrastructure and resources
In the graveyard of empires : America's war in Afghanistan by Seth G Jones( Book )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Following the September 11 attacks, the United States successfully overthrew the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The U.S. established security throughout the country, killing, capturing, or scattering most of al Qa'ida's senior operatives, and Afghanistan finally began to emerge from more than two decades of struggle and conflict. But the author argues that as early as 2001, planning for the Iraq War siphoned resources and personnel, undermining the gains that had been made. He introduces us to key figures on both sides of the war. He then analyzes the insurgency from a historical and structural point of view, showing how a rising drug trade, poor security forces, and pervasive corruption undermined the Karzai government, while Americans abandoned a successful strategy, failed to provide the necessary support, and allowed a growing sanctuary for insurgents in Pakistan to catalyze the Taliban resurgence"--Jacket
A persistent threat : the evolution of Al Qa'ida and other Salafi jihadists by Seth G Jones( )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This report examines the status and evolution of al Qa'ida and other Salafi-jihadist groups, a subject of intense debate in the West. Based on an analysis of thousands of primary source documents, the report concludes that there has been an increase in the number of Salafi-jihadist groups, fighters, and attacks over the past several years. The author uses this analysis to build a framework for addressing the varying levels of threat in different countries, from engagement in high-threat, low government capacity countries; to forward partnering in medium-threat, limited government capacity environments; to offshore balancing in countries with low levels of threat and sufficient government capacity to counter Salafi-jihadist groups."--"Abstract" on web page
The rise of European security cooperation by Seth G Jones( )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most striking developments in international politics today is the significant increase in security cooperation among European Union states. Seth Jones argues chat this increase in cooperation, in areas such as economic sanctions, weapons production and collaboration among military forces, has occurred because of the changing structure of the international and regional systems. Since the end of the Cold War, the international system has shifted from a bipolar to a unipolar structure characterized by US dominance. This has caused EU states to cooperate in the security realm to increase their ability to project power abroad and decrease reliance on the United States. Furthermore, European leaders in the early 1990s adopted a 'binding' strategy to ensure long-term peace on the continent, suggesting that security cooperation is caused by a desire to preserve peace in Europe whilst building power abroad."--BOOK JACKET
Reintegrating Afghan insurgents by Seth G Jones( )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Successful counterinsurgency requires getting insurgents to switch sides. Former insurgents provide an invaluable source of information on their previous colleagues, and can ultimately cause momentum to shift toward counterinsurgent forces. This document examines reintegrating mid- and low-level insurgents into their local communities in Afghanistan and outlines steps to facilitate that reintegration process. The author discusses the factors that increase the likelihood of reintegrating fighters and the key options for fighters as they consider reintegration. Finally, he outlines operational and tactical steps that should be taken when insurgents consider reintegration
Hunting in the shadows : the pursuit of Al Qa'ida since 9/11 by Seth G Jones( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A former senior advisor at U.S. Special Operations Command recounts the history of the United States' ongoing battle against Al Qaida, describing investigations conducted by the combined efforts of the CIA, FBI, and MI5 and the shifting alliances between terrorist groups
Rolling Back the Islamic State by Seth G Jones( )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Islamic State is a byproduct of the 2003 American intervention in Iraq and the subsequent American departure in 2011. At its peak in late 2014, the group held more than 100,000 square kilometers of territory with a population of nearly 12 million, mostly in Iraq and Syria. Beginning in 2015, the Islamic State began to lose territory as it faced increasingly effective resistance. Still, the Islamic State continues to conduct and inspire attacks around the world. This report assesses the threat the Islamic State poses to the United States and examines four possible strategies to counter the group: disengagement, containment, rollback 'light' (with a reliance on local forces backed by U.S. special operations forces, Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence assets, and airpower), and rollback 'heavy' (adding the employment of American conventional forces in ground combat). The authors conclude that the United States should pursue a light rollback strategy. They also recommend additional steps, such as rebalancing counterterrorism efforts to address grievances, loosening restrictions on U.S. military operations, increasing U.S. military posture in Africa, and tightening restrictions in the Islamic State's internet access"--Publisher's web site
Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency in Somalia : Assessing the Campaign Against Al Shabaab by Seth G Jones( )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This report analyzes the U.S. and allied campaign against the al Qa'ida-linked terrorist group al Shabaab in Somalia, examines what steps have been most successful against the group, and identifies potential recommendations. It concludes that, while al Shabaab was weakened between 2011 and 2016, the group could resurge if urgent steps are not taken to address the political, economic, and governance challenges at the heart of the conflict. This study finds that a tailored engagement strategy -- which involved deploying a small number of U.S. special operations forces to conduct targeted strikes, provide intelligence, and build the capacity of local partner forces to conduct ground operations--was key in degrading al Shabaab. Still, progress in Somalia is reversible in the absence of continued and consistent pressure and political, economic, and social reforms. Today's terrorism and insurgency landscape defies easy solutions, with challenges from the Islamic State, al Qa'ida, and other groups across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa. While there has been a significant focus on how and why the U.S. and other Western governments have failed to degrade terrorists and insurgents in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, and other countries, there has been far less attention on successful efforts to degrade groups. In Somalia, there has been limited progress. The challenge will be preventing a reversal"--Publisher's description
A covert action : Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War struggle in Poland by Seth G Jones( Book )

6 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

December, 1981--the CIA learns that the Polish government has cut telephone communications with the West and closed the Polish border. The agency's leaders quickly inform President Ronald Reagan at Camp David. Within hours, Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski has appeared on Polish national television to announce the establishment of martial law. A new era in Cold War politics has begun: Washington and Moscow are on a collision course. In this gripping narrative history, Seth G. Jones reveals the little-known story of the CIA's subsequent operations in Poland, which produced a landmark victory for democracy
The UN's role in nation-building : from the Congo to Iraq by James Dobbins( )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first volume of this series dealt with the American experience with nation-building, defined therein as the use of armed force in the aftermath of a crisis to promote a transition to democracy. It examined eight instances in which the United States took the lead in such endeavors. This volume deals with the United Nations' experience with comparable operations, examining eight instances in which the United Nations led multinational forces toward generally similar ends. For the United States, post-Cold War nation-building had distant precursors in the American occupations of Germany and Japan in the aftermath of World War II and its role in fostering the emergence of democratic regimes there. For the United Nations, the comparable precursor was in the early 196Os in the newly independent Belgian Congo. The Republic of the Congo failed almost from the moment of its birth. Within days of the Congo's independence its army mutinied, the remaining white administrators fled, the administration and the economy collapsed, Belgian paratroops invaded, and the mineral-rich province of Katanga seceded. These developments cast a serious shadow over the prospects for the successful and peaceful completion of Africa's decolonization, at that point just gathering momentum. On July 14, 1960, acting with unusual speed, the Security Council passed the first of a series of resolutions authorizing the deployment of UN-led military forces to assist the Republic of the Congo in restoring order and, eventually, in suppressing the rebellion in Katanga
Securing Afghanistan : getting on track by C. Christine Fair( )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Working Paper examines the security environment in Afghanistan, assesses the programs put in place to address these threats, identifies existing gaps, and offers possible solutions
Waging insurgent warfare : lessons from the Vietcong to the Islamic State by Seth G Jones( Book )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of insurgent warfare, looking at factors that contribute to insurgency
In the graveyard of empires : [America's war in Afghanistan] by Seth G Jones( Recording )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the September 11 attacks, the United States successfully overthrew the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The U.S. established security throughout the country--killing, capturing, or scattering most of al Qa'ida's senior operatives--and Afghanistan finally began to emerge from more than two decades of struggle and conflict. But Jones argues that as early as 2001, planning for the Iraq War siphoned resources and personnel, undermining the gains that had been made. Jones introduces us to key figures on both sides of the war. He then analyzes the insurgency from a historical and structural point of view, showing how a rising drug trade, poor security forces, and pervasive corruption undermined the Karzai government, while Americans abandoned a successful strategy, failed to provide the necessary support, and allowed a growing sanctuary for insurgents in Pakistan to catalyze the Taliban resurgence
 
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Afghanistan's local war : building local defense forces
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Afghanistan's local war : building local defense forcesBuilding a successful Palestinian stateEstablishing law and order after conflictSecuring tyrants or fostering reform? : U.S. internal security assistance to repressive and transitioning regimesCounterinsurgency in PakistanHow terrorist groups end : lessons for countering Al Qa'idaSecuring health : lessons from nation-building missionsIn the graveyard of empires : America's war in Afghanistan
Alternative Names
Jones, Seth 1972-

Jones, Seth G.

Seth G. Jones US-amerikanischer Politikwissenschaftler

Seth Jones Amerikaans politicoloog

Seth Jones politólogo estadounidense

Сет Джонс

ست جونز

سيث جونز

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