Wed, 12 April 2017
Micah Zenko has researched whether or not limited airstrikes -- like the kind Donald Trump ordered on Syria last week -- actually achieve their stated political and military objectives.
His book Between Threats and War: US Discrete Military Operations in the Post Cold-War World examined some 36 airstrikes and finds that they very rarely do what they are intended to do. We discuss why that is--and what implications his findings have for further US involvement in Syria.
We do a little name dropping in this episode, including Robert Pape who wrote a definitive book on airpower called Bombing to Win. Bob was my guest on Episode number 87 and I'd highly recommend that episode.Micah was last on the podcast about a year and a half ago to discuss his newest book, called "Red Team" which takes a look at the role of the devils advocate in international relations.
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#1: International Relations Theory, explained.
#2: A Brief History of Nuclear Non-proliferation
#3: A Brief History of NATO
#4: The Syrian Civil War, explained. (Well, sort of -- it's complicated!)
#5: Meet the Kim family of North Korea #6: The Sustainable Development Goals, explained (Coming soon!)
#7: The Six Day War, Explained. (Coming soon!)
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