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Karasik, Theodore William

Works: 40 works in 153 publications in 1 language and 6,154 library holdings
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Toxic warfare by Theodore William Karasik( )

15 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The past several years have seen an increased interest in the use of toxic weapons -- i.e., weapons that incorporate inexpensive and easily attained chemicals and industrial waste -- on the part of both state and nonstate entities. Such weapons have been sought out by virtue of their abundance and ready availability and because they allow hostile entities to improve their capabilities within the context of symmetrical warfare. Despite these trends, however, the level of threat such weapons represent has yet to be precisely determined. Accordingly, this report seeks to provide a qualitative overview of the threat toxic weapons pose as well as to identify key vulnerabilities the United States and the U.S. military face. Toward this goal, the report describes the composition and sources of toxic weapons as well as their potential for harm, and it then outlines the use of such weapons by state and nonstate actors over the past decade. Following this analysis, the report focuses on the implications of toxic weapon use both for U.S. forces engaged in military operations and for the U.S. homeland. The author concludes that toxic warfare must be better understood so that the threat can be more effectively incorporated into military and civilian crisis response planning
Economic dimensions of security in Central Asia by Sergej Mahnovski( )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report assesses the economic dimensions of security in Central Asia, and considers their implications for the role of the United States. Economic development will be crucial to the future of Central Asia and broader U.S. interests in the region. However, it is unclear whether the states in the region have the institutional capacity to implement domestic reform. As the United States clarifies its long-term military relationships and commitments in the region, it should consider the region's economic development itself as a long-term security concern
Gorbachev and his generals : the reform of Soviet military doctrine by William C Green( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foreign and security policy decisionmaking under Yeltsin by F. Stephen Larrabee( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian national security decisionmaking--and Russian security policy in general--remains in a state of flux. Despite several attempts, Russian President Yeltsin has failed to set up an effective system to coordinate and integrate national security policy. This report traces the bureaucratic struggle for control of Russian foreign and security policy during Yeltsin's tenure. It shows how special interest groups and bureaucratic actors have often been able to dictate policy without clear overall guidance. Since late 1995, Yeltsin has taken a number of steps designed to address these weaknesses and give foreign and security policy greater consistency and coherence, including replacing a number of key figures in the government. However, these moves have not resolved many of the basic problems. The report suggests strategies for managing U.S.-Russian relations in light of the current highly fluid situation within the top echelons of the Yeltsin government and the uncertainties surrounding Yeltsin's health
The post-Soviet archives : organization, access and declassification by Theodore William Karasik( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This monograph describes the structures, access, and declassification procedures for Soviet-era civil and military archives located in Moscow. Although there are numerous holdings within former Soviet territory housing materials dated between 1917 and 1991, only those associated with the top leadership bodies (the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) Politburo, Secretariat, and Central Committee); the diplomatic, security, and intelligence services (the NKVD, KGB, and GRU); and the former Soviet military are examined in this paper. The author gathered most of the information for this document through interviews with Russian archive officials during a visit to Moscow between May 23 and May 31, 1992. The information cutoff is October 1992. This monograph is a part of the ongoing RAND project on World War II, the early Cold War, and Korean War POW-MIA issues. Research for this paper was sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and undertaken within the International Security and Defense Strategy Program of RAND's National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff. The monograph is expected to be of interest to officials and specialists seeking information on the organization of the post-Soviet archives
Organizing, training, and equipping the Air Force for crises and lesser conflicts by Carl H Builder( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Operations short of war, one of three basic responsibilities of the U.S. armed services, are increasingly consuming the attention and resources of U.S. military forces around the world, in such places as Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, Rwanda, and Kuwait. The most stressing of these operations are nonroutine international crises and conflicts, particularly those that might lead to U.S. combat operations short of war. These situations have, at times and for some specialized capabilities, stressed the forces to exhaustion or failure. More generally, they have encroached upon the training and readiness of the forces, leading to a public debate as to whether such assignments are a "proper" use of U.S. military power. This report explores where, why, and how operations short of war are stressing the forces, particularly the aerospace forces, and how those stresses upon USAF capabilities might be relieved by changes in Air Force organization, training, and equipment
Azerbaijan, Central Asia, and future Persian Gulf security by Theodore William Karasik( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Note examines the economic, religious, and ethnic connections between Transcaucasian and Central Asian Countries (CACs) and Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. The study finds that there is a growing interdependency between Azerbaijan and the CACs and Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia; that Russia is becoming increasingly estranged from Azerbaijan and the CACs in terms of economic relations and the perception of a religious threat to Russian security; that Turkish, Saudi, and Iranian involvement is weakening Azeri and CAC central authority; and that Iran is the focal point in the region. The study recommends that the United States encourage stability and the kinds of relationships (e.g., emerging international economic organizations) that will limit outbreaks of violence; that it not ignore other emerging states of the former Soviet Union in its focus on Russia; and that it recognize the risks of isolating Iran or siding with Turkey or Saudi Arabia against Iran in the battle over influence
The September 1989 Central Committee nationalities plenum : a victory for Ryzhkov and Vorotnikov? by Theodore William Karasik( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper describes Politburo factionalization as an indication of Gorbachev's vulnerability. Reforms of the Party apparatus were opposed by two who argued for increasing the Party apparatus despite Gorbachev's call to reduce it. In addition, recent personnel changes and a polarization of forces in the Politburo depict a weakened Gorbachev and a possible retreat from reform
Gorbachev's presidential council by Theodore William Karasik( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mikhail Gorbachev and his supporters have directed many dramatic changes in the Soviet political system over the past few years. The cumulative effect of these reforms is the transfer of governing authority from the Communist Part of the Soviet Union (CPSU) to constitutionally mandated executive and legislative branches of government. The first step in the transfer of power was the reorganization and democratization of the Soviet legislature. In March 1989, the Soviet people had their first opportunity in more than 70 years to send the delegates of their choice to Moscow as their legislative representatives. In the first quarter of 1990, Gorbachev oversaw two additional steps in the reorganization of the Soviet political system: the creation of the Executive Presidency and the Presidential Council. The establishment of the presidency and its council is important for several reasons: it strengthens Gorbachev's official position against possible Party threats to his claim as leader of the Soviet Union; it provides Gorbachev with a body of advisers and experts independent of the Central Committee; and it should allow Gorbachev to effectively formulate and implement his political and economic reforms. However, it is unclear whether the Presidential Council will have any real authority, since it remains in its initial stages of development
Novoe myshlenie and the Soviet military : the impact of reasonable sufficiency on the Ministry of Defense by Theodore William Karasik( Book )

9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As part of his "new thinking" ([novoe myshlenie]), Mikhail Gorbachev has introduced a number of new concepts whose meanings are still under debate both inside and outside the Soviet Union. One of these concepts, "reasonable sufficiency" (razumnaia dostatochnost'), provides material for a wide-ranging civil-military and intra-military conflict on Soviet national security policy. This paper discusses the concept of "reasonable sufficiency" in its domestic context as one of the tools used by the Soviet leadership to undermine and divide the Soviet military so it cannot function as an interest group against changes in doctrine and defense spending. The authors conclude that there is evidence that the Soviet leadership has had some success. As a result, the monopoly of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff on defense policy development appears to be broken. Whether the civilians will maintain the momentum and expertise to redefine who will decide the nature of the external threat to the Soviet Union remains to be seen."--Rand abstracts
A roundtable on the Soviet Union : Kuda?, Kogda?, S. Kem? by Theodore William Karasik( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper is a transcript of three presentations at a meeting that was part of the 31st Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 29, 1989. It also includes transcripts of comments that were made in a discussion following the presentations. The theme of the papers centered around the removal and replacement of Central Committee Personnel in the Soviet Union, and whether these individuals are a new version of the old guard. The papers suggest that Gorbachev's efforts to consolidate power by purge and placement may be hampered by the factional splits among members of the Politburo
Vadim Medvedev under attack by Theodore William Karasik( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is apparent that Medvedev is not the conservatives' choice for chief ideologist as he is not a Suslov-type leader during these difficult times. Instead, Medvedev's inability to offer any sort of direction for the Party indicates his weakness. In view of this lack of support for Medvedev, the argument can be made that he was a compromise choice between Gorbachev and Chebrikov in exchange for the demotion of Ligachev and Yakovlev at the September 1988 plenun, and, thus, Medvedev might only be viewed as an 'interim' chief ideologist. Already, Medvedev is not participating in ideological functions. He did not address the media chief's meeting in the Central Committee on August 9, 1989; instead, Chebrikov delivered the speech on ideology. Whether the above events offer proof of ineffective leadership could very well be taken up by the next Central Committee plenum, in which case Gobacheve could be weakened considerably. Keywords: Political science; USSR leadership
Protecting commercial aviation against the shoulder-fired missile threat( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the question of whether to install countermeasure systems to protect commercial airliners against shoulder-fired missiles has been vigorously debated among decisionmakers in the United States and abroad. This paper examines the capabilities and costs of onboard technologies to divert an attacking missile. Given the significant uncertainties in the cost of countermeasures and their effectiveness in reducing the overall vulnerability to catastrophic airliner damage, a decision to install them should be postponed, and concurrent development efforts focused on reducing these uncertainties should proceed as rapidly as possible. The current research, development, test, and evaluation activities are a prudent step toward reducing the significant cost uncertainties involved and minimizing the delay of program implementation once a go-ahead decision is reached. Any federal policy to protect against shoulder-fired missiles should not be restricted to countermeasures development but should pursue a multilayered approach-including examining various technologies, working with other governments to slow the proliferation of missile technology, and integrating countermeasures into the overall aviation safety, security, and law enforcement system
The CPSU Central Committee : members, commissions, and departments : valid as of May 1, 1989 by Theodore William Karasik( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Directory of full and candidate members of the Soviet Central Committee by Theodore William Karasik( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Future Gulf dynamics and U.S. security( )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documental briefing synthesizes the results of a research project, entitled 'Future Security Requirements for the Gulf.' It represents an effort to pull together much of the detailed work conducted during this project and focuses on the principal factors driving the future environment in the greater Gulf region, on the implications of the resulting findings for future Gulf security and for the U.S. regional posture in the area, and on a broad examination of alternative U.S. approaches to its security in the Gulf. The overall project objective was to provide a political-military assessment of security prospects in the Gulf over the next 3 to 5 years, challenges the U.S. military are likely to encounter as they support U.S. national objectives in the region, and the broader implications for future U.S. security planning
Saudi-Iranian relations since the fall of Saddam : rivalry, cooperation, and implications for U.S. policy by Frederic M Wehrey( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fall of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the war in Iraq have affected sweeping changes in the strategic landscape of the Middle East, radically shifting the regional balance of power. Old security paradigms have been thrown into question, and local states appear to be reaffirming, renegotiating, or rethinking their relations with one another and with outside powers. Saudi Arabia and Iran have in many respects been the central players in this unfolding transformation. The dynamic relations between the two powers have affected the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine with important implications for regional stability and U.S. interests. Bilateral Tensions Affect Regional Stability and U.S. Interests Saudi Arabia and Iran are divided by long-standing structural tensions. Each has aspirations for Islamic leadership, and each possesses different visions of regional order. Whereas Tehran regards Riyadh as America's proxy and a buffer against Iran's rightful primacy in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia worries about Iran's asymmetric power and regional ambitions, especially its expanding influence in post-Saddam Iraq and its alleged pursuit of a nuclear weapon. A particular concern in Riyadh is Iran's ability to challenge the legitimacy of the al-Saud before regional and domestic audiences by upstaging them on pan-Arab issues such as Palestine
Future U.S. security relationships with Iraq and Afghanistan : U.S. Air Force roles by David E Thaler( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States is heavily invested-diplomatically, economically, and militarily-in Iraq and Afghanistan, and developments in these two nations will affect not only their own interests but those of their neighbors and the United States as well. The authors emphasize that the United States must clarify its long-term intentions to the governments and peoples in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the surrounding regions. They describe possible regional security structures and bilateral U.S. relationships with both countries. The authors recommend that the United States offer a wide range of security coope
Ungoverned territories : understanding and reducing terrorism risks by Angel Rabasa( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ungoverned territories-failed or failing states or ungoverned areas within otherwise viable states-generate all manner of security problems and can become terrorist sanctuaries. Using a two-tiered framework areas applied to eight case studies from around the globe, the authors seek to understand the conditions that give rise to ungoverned territories and what makes some ungoverned territories more conducive to a terrorist or insurgent presence than others. On the basis of this ground-breaking analytical work, they identify three types of ungoverned territories and their effects on U.S. securit
The CPSU Central Committee--members, commissions, and departments : valid as of October 1, 1989 by Theodore William Karasik( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Toxic warfare
Economic dimensions of security in Central AsiaForeign and security policy decisionmaking under YeltsinOrganizing, training, and equipping the Air Force for crises and lesser conflictsProtecting commercial aviation against the shoulder-fired missile threat
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