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Desch, Michael C. (Michael Charles) 1960-

Overview
Works: 35 works in 104 publications in 3 languages and 5,529 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Redactor, Other
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Most widely held works by Michael C Desch
From pirates to drug lords : the Post-Cold War Caribbean security environment by Michael C Desch( )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the crucial and timeless impact Caribbean countries have on the United States and the world, and the methods they have been employing to consolidate their democracies, advance prosperity, and maintain the peace through international cooperation among themselves. Its primary aim is to discuss the dominant threat perceptions and security priorities of regional governments, the varied mechanisms in place to promote regional collective action, and the future agenda of U.S. foreign policy toward the Caribbean. Rooted in an historical analysis of continuity and change in the Caribbean's international subsystem, the book analyzes the Caribbean within a broader international pattern, marking a tension in world affairs between the global and the local
Power and military effectiveness : the fallacy of democratic triumphalism by Michael C Desch( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since 1815 democratic states have emerged victorious from most wars, leading many scholars to conclude that democracies are better equipped to triumph in armed conflict with autocratic and other non-representative governments" "Political scientist Michael C. Desch argues that the evidence and logic of the supposition, which he terms "democratic triumphalism," are as flawed as the arguments for the long-held belief that democracies are inherently disadvantaged in international relations. Through comprehensive statistical analysis, a thorough review of two millennia of international relations and thought, and in-depth case-studies of modern-era military conflict, Desch finds that the problems that persist in prosecuting wars - from building up and maintaining support to holding up and the military and foreign policy elites in check - remain constant regardless of any given form of government." "Power and Military Effectiveness is an instructive reassessment of the increasingly popular belief that military success is one of democracy's many virtues. International relations scholars, policy makers, and military minds will be well served by its lessons."--BOOK JACKET
Privileged and confidential : the secret history of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board by Kenneth Michael Absher( )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first and only study of the PIAB. As foreign policy veterans, the authors trace the board's history from Eisenhower through Obama and evaluate its effectiveness under each president. Created to be an independent panel of nonpartisan experts, the PIAB has become increasingly susceptible to politics in recent years and has lost some of its influence. The authors clearly demonstrate the board's potential to offer a unique and valuable perspective on intelligence issues and not only illuminates a little-known element of U.S. intelligence operations but also offers suggestions for enhancing a critical executive function
Civilian control of the military : the changing security environment by Michael C Desch( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The end of the Cold War brought widespread optimism about the future of civil-military relations. With a declining need for military preparedness, it was thought, civilian authorities would be better able to exert control over military policies and decision making. But, argues Michael Desch in this thought-provoking volume, the truth is precisely the opposite. In wartime, civil authorities cannot help paying close attention to military matters. In times of peace, however, the civilian sector is less interested in military affairs - and therefore leaves them to the military." "Civilian Control of the Military will be of interest to scholars, civilian policy-makers, military officers, and students."--Jacket
When the Third World matters : Latin America and United States grand strategy by Michael C Desch( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The role of third world countries in the grand strategies of great countries has always been uncertain. Having a low GNP, and consequently little real or latent military power, third world nations were considered unimportant from a military point of view. Yet great powers have traditionally been deeply involved in the periphery. Political scientist Michael Desch resolves this paradox, arguing that such areas can be of key importance for a variety of reasons. His discussion of the role third world nations can play in strategic matters is of particular relevance to developments in the post-Cold War world. When the Third World Matters examines U.S. strategy relating to Latin America at four critical points in history: World War I, World War II, the Cuban missile crisis, and the later Cold War. Desch shows how areas that appeared to have no inherent strategic interests nonetheless proved significant, either as a stopping point or entry way to some other, strategically important, area or as a foil to direct a rival power's attention from the main theater of action. The lessons learned from these cases, he argues, are of particular relevance to the making of U.S. post-Cold War strategy elsewhere in the third world - in Africa, the Middle East, or South Asia
Soldiers in cities : military operations on urban terrain by Michael C Desch( )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the past half-century, the classic military conflict of armies maneuvering in the field has been replaced by conflicts that center on, rather than avoid, heavily populated areas. Modern military conflict more frequently is not just a fight to control villages or cities, but a variation on the timeless wish to control populations and the hearts of nations. The hardware and mass orientation of the levee en masse and industrial-age armies is being replaced by sophisticated terrorists, information warfare, and the politics of mass persuasion. These are reshaping the face of warfare. This book focuses on identifying the lessons of previous military operations--from combat to humanitarian operations--which will be useful to the U.S. military in the future in conducting operations in urban areas abroad and at home
Public intellectuals in the global arena : professors or pundits?( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cult of the irrelevant. The waning influence of social science on national security by Michael C Desch( )

6 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To mobilize America's intellectual resources to meet the security challenges of the post-9/11 world, US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates observed that "we must again embrace eggheads and ideas." But the gap between national security policymakers and international relations scholars has become a chasm. Michael Desch traces the history of the relationship between the Beltway and the Ivory Tower from World War I to the present day. Recounting key "Golden Age" academic strategists such as Thomas Schelling and Walt Rostow, Desch's narrative shows that social science research became most oriented toward practical problem-solving during times of war and that scholars returned to less relevant work during peacetime. Social science disciplines like political science rewarded work that was methodologically sophisticated over scholarship that engaged with the messy realities of national security policy, and academic culture increasingly turned away from the job of solving real-world problems. In the name of scientific objectivity, academics today frequently engage only in basic research that they hope will somehow trickle down to policymakers. Drawing on the lessons of this history as well as a unique survey of current and former national security policymakers, Desch offers concrete recommendations for scholars who want to shape government work. The result is a rich intellectual history and an essential wake-up call to a field that has lost its way
Spielen und Bewegen mit Ball : Handreichung für das Fußballspielen in der Grundschule ; Schule und Fußball: ein starkes Team( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in German and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colin Powell as JCS chairman : a panel discussion on American civil-military relations( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Columbus raid to the Caribbean Sea Lines of Communication : the United States, Latin America and grand strategy in the twentieth century by Michael C Desch( )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culture clash : assessing the importance of ideas in security studies by Michael C Desch( )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War and strong states, peace and weak states? : a theory of the post-cold war state by Michael C Desch( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why the Soviet military supported Gorbachev but why the Russian military might only support Yeltsin for a price by Michael C Desch( )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confidential and privileged : the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, learning lessons from its past to shape its future by Kenneth Michael Absher( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The aim of our analysis is to determine what have been the strengths and weaknesses of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) in the past and to identify a productive role for the PFIAB in this new environment. It will help to clarify the role of the PFIAB and shed light on the interrelationship of various intelligence components. Most importantly, it will provide recommendations for future presidents to redefine, and possibly augment, the role of the Board, thereby helping to improve the performance of the U.S. intelligence community."
Por qué América Latina puede extrañar pronto la Guerra Fría : Estados Unidos y el futuro de las relaciones interamericanas de seguridad by Michael C Desch( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culture and security by Michael C Desch( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War and strong states, peace and weak states? by Michael C Desch( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Liberal Roots of the American Empire by Michael C Desch( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Turning the Caribbean flank : sea-lane vulnerability during a European war( )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Civilian control of the military : the changing security environment
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Power and military effectiveness : the fallacy of democratic triumphalismCivilian control of the military : the changing security environment
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Desch, M.

Desch, Michael Charles 1960-

Desch, Mike 1960-

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