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Pollack, Kenneth M. (Kenneth Michael) 1966-

Works: 45 works in 147 publications in 1 language and 12,205 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Commentator, Editor
Classifications: DS79.75, 956.70443
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Kenneth M Pollack
The threatening storm : the case for invading Iraq by Kenneth M Pollack( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For the past fifteen years, as an analyst on Iraq for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, Kenneth Pollack has studied Saddam as closely as anyone else in the United States. In 1990, he was one of only three CIA analysts to predict the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. As the principal author of the CIA's history of Iraqi military strategy and operations during the Gulf War, Pollack gained rare insight into the methods and workings of what he believes to be the most brutal regime since Stalinist Russia." "Examining all sides of the debate and bringing a keen eye to the military and geopolitical forces at work, Pollack ultimately comes to this controversial conclusion: through our own mistakes, the perfidy of others, and Saddam's cunning, the United States is left with few good policy options regarding Iraq. Increasingly, the option that makes the most sense is for the United States to launch a full-scale invasion, eradicate Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, and rebuild Iraq as a prosperous and stable society - for the good of the United States, the Iraqi people, and the entire region."--Jacket
Things fall apart containing the spillover from an Iraqi civil war by Daniel Byman( )
13 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Studies the history of recent civil wars to derive lessons regarding the impact of full-scale civil wars on the security, prosperity, and national interests of other states. Proposes recommendations for the United States as it confronts the possibility of a similar conflict in Iraq and its spillover into the region"--Provided by publisher
The Persian puzzle : the conflict between Iran and America by Kenneth M Pollack( Book )
17 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pollack, a former CIA analyst and National Security Council official, analyzes the long and ongoing clash between the United States and Iran, beginning with the fall of the Shah and the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran in 1979. Pollack examines all the major events in U.S.-Iran relations--including the hostage crisis, the U.S. tilt toward Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, the Iran-Contra scandal, military tensions in 1987 and 1988, the covert Iranian war against U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf that culminated in the 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia, and recent U.S.-Iran skirmishes over Afghanistan and Iraq. He explains the strategies and motives from American and Iranian perspectives and tells how each crisis colored the thinking of both countries' leadership as they shaped and reshaped their policies over time
A switch in time a new strategy for America in Iraq by Kenneth M Pollack( )
9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
There is no greater foreign policy challenge for the United States today than the reconstruction of Iraq. For this reason, in November-December 2005, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution brought together a small group of experts on Iraq, on the process of political and economic reconstruction, and on military affairs, under the direction of its Director of Research, Kenneth M. Pollack, to consider U.S. policy toward Iraq in all of its dimensions. Pollack then took the fruits of these discussions, along with findings from trips to Iraq and to U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, and crafted them into a new report from the Saban Center entitled A Switch in Time: A New Strategy for America in Iraq. This monograph details a comprehensive, alternative approach to current U.S. military, political, and economic policies in Iraq
Unfinished business an American strategy for Iraq moving forward by Kenneth M Pollack( )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Outlines what the United States should do before U.S. troops have exited Iraq to ensure a viable political environment, strengthened economy, and improved security atmosphere so Iraq can become a fully independent country, positive element in the region, and partner to the United States and other nations across the globe"--Provided by publisher
The Arab awakening America and the transformation of the Middle East ( )
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This work brings the full resources of the Brookings Institution to bear on making sense of what may turn out to be the most significant geopolitical movement of this generation. Coauthored by 18 of the leading experts on the Middle East, it explains these developments and their consequences. Even the most seasoned Middle East observers were taken aback by the events of early 2011. Protests born of oppression and socioeconomic frustration erupted throughout the streets; public unrest provoked violent police backlash; long-established dictatorships fell. How did this all happen? What might the future look like, and what are the likely ramifications for the United States and the rest of the world? In this book, experts from the Brookings Institution tackle such questions to make sense of this tumultuous region that remains at the heart of U.S. national interests. They offer broad lessons by analyzing key aspects of the Mideast turmoil, such as public opinion trends within the "Arab Street"; the role of social media and technology; socioeconomic and demographic conditions; the influence of Islamists; and the impact of the new political order on the Arab-Israeli peace process. The authors also look at the countries themselves, providing country-by-country analysis of Middle East political evolution, and finding commonalties and grouping them according to the political evolutions that have (or have not) occurred in each country. They offer insight into the current situation, and possible trajectory of each group of countries, as well as individual nation studies
A path out of the desert : a grand strategy for America in the Middle East by Kenneth M Pollack( Book )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The greatest danger to America's peace and prosperity, notes Middle East policy analyst Pollack, lies in the political repression, economic stagnation, and cultural conflict within Arab and Muslim nations. By inflaming political unrest and empowering terrorists, these forces pose a direct threat to America's national security. The impulse for America might be to turn its back in frustration over the Bush administration's mishandling of the Iraq War and other engagements. But such a move, Pollack asserts, will only exacerbate problems. He counters with the idea that we must continue to make the Middle East a priority in our policy, but in a humbler, more humane, more realistic, and more cohesive way. He argues that the greatest problem has been Washington's persistent unwillingness to make the sustained effort needed to help the people of the Middle East overcome the crippling societal problems facing their governments and societies.--From publisher description
Which path to Persia? : options for a new American strategy toward Iran by Kenneth M Pollack( Book )
7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Presents policy options available to the U.S. in crafting a new strategy toward Iran. Considers four solutions: diplomacy, military, regime change, and containment, pointing out that none is ideal and all involve heavy costs, significant risks, and potentially painful trade-offs. Addresses how these could be combined, producing an integrated strategy"--Provided by publisher
Arabs at war : military effectiveness, 1948-1991 by Kenneth M Pollack( Book )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kenneth M. Pollack, formerly a Persian Gulf military analyst at the CIA and Director for Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council, describes and analyzes the military history of the six key Arab states--Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Syria--during the post-World War II era. This is the first time that the complete postwar histories of virtually all of these countries have been recorded in unclassified form. In particular Pollack focuses on the Arab armies themselves, helping to illuminate the persistent problems they encountered on the battlefield. He shows in detail how each Arab military grew and learned from its own experiences in response to the specific objectives set for it and within often constrained political, economic, and social circumstances
Unthinkable : Iran, the Bomb, and American strategy by Kenneth M Pollack( Book )
10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines Iran's current nuclear potential while charting America's future course of action, recounting the prolonged clash between both nations to outline options for American policymakers
After Saddam assessing the reconstruction of Iraq by Kenneth M Pollack( )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The influence of Arab culture on Arab military effectiveness by Kenneth M Pollack( Book )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Meet the press ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On this edition of Meet the Press: Mike Huckabee discusses the possibility of running for President; Chuck Schumer, David Vitter, Ken Pollack, and Michael Gerson discuss Iraq
Salvaging the possible policy options in Iraq by Carlos Pascual( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
U.S. nuclear and extended deterrence considerations and challenges ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The purpose of this monograph is to examine the various considerations that Washington policymakers must weigh in considering how to maintain an effective nuclear deterrent, including when they prepared the Nuclear Posture Review. This includes regional considerations -- Europe, East Asia and the Middle East -- as well as the challenges posed by chemical and biological weapons, and the possibility of nuclear weapons in the hands of non-state actors. This monograph aims to explain these varied considerations rather than advocate a particular deterrence stratagem or policy approach. In doing so, we also hope to provide some context for considering how the United States can and should approach nuclear arms reductions in the future -- iv
Iraq trip report by Michael E O'Hanlon( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Unfinished business an American strategy for Iraq moving forward ( )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Unraveling the Syria mess a crisis simulation of spillover from the Syrian civil war ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On June 27, 2012, the American Enterprise Institute, the Institute for the Study of War and the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution jointly conducted a one-day crisis simulation that focused on the impact of spillover from the deepening civil war in Syria. The simulation consisted of three moves and featured an American, a Turkish, and a Saudi team. The intent was to explore the interaction between the U.S. government and two of its most important regional allies, allies most able to act in Syria for various reasons (and among the most affected by the violence in Syria). The simulation looked at potential developments between August 2012 and April 2013
Breaking the stalemate : the military dynamics of the Syrian Civil War and options for limited U.S. intervention by Kenneth M Pollack( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The crisis in Syria continues with no end in sight, and in this paper Kenneth Pollack argues that until there is a breakthrough on the battlefield, there will be no breakthroughs at the negotiating table. Pollack lays out the military advantages and disadvantages of both the opposition and the regime's forces, and looks at how different opportunities for U.S. intervention can affect those critical dynamics. This analysis provides a much-needed counterpoint to the debate over the possible cost of U.S. options in Syria with an analysis of their likely impact on the conflict
Osiraq redux a crisis simulation of an Israeli strike on the Iranian nuclear program by Kenneth M Pollack( )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In December 2009, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy conducted a day-long simulation of the diplomatic and military fallout that could result from an Israeli military strike against the Iranian nuclear program. In this Middle East Memo, Kenneth M. Pollack analyzes the critical decisions each side made during the wargame -- web site
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Alternative Names
Pollack, Ken 1966-
Pollack, Kenneth
Pollack, Kenneth M.
Pollack, Kenneth Michael 1966-
ポラック, ケネス・M
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