Cambria Press Publication Review – A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia

Congratulations to Brigadier General Thomas Drohan on another outstanding journal review of his book, A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia.

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The Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs commends the book because it “provides comprehensive and insightful analysis over a new strategy in complex warfare that bridges the gap among different theories, military doctrines and practices of strategy formulation.”

The review recommends the book, stating that “A New Strategy for Complex Warfare is helpful for practitioners to frame the situation, think about their desired effects and achieve the synthesis effects after adopting multiple physical and psychological means. Readers seeking an insightful analysis over the complexity of foreign strategies and the interactions among different strategic means are likely to find this book helpful.”

This book is in the Rapid Communications in Conflict and Security (RCCS) Series (General Editor: Geoffrey R.H. Burn).

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Book Highlight: North Korea Demystified

If the world is to effectively deal with the reality of North Korea, reliable information is critical. This book seeks to demystify the “intelligence black hole” that is North Korea. In so doing, it supplies the reader with much needed factual information garnered through firsthand experience by those who have actually visited and done research in North Korea. Each chapter consists of original research by prominent experts in the field.This is a timely read, given the current escalation of political tensions between North Korea and the United States. Whereas other studies of North Korea most often rely merely on available secondary resources (e.g., texts, films etc.) rather than firsthand experience or interviews in supporting central claims, this edited volume, led by foremost North Korean expert Dr. Han S. Park, has the unprecedented advantage of all its contributors having actually spent a considerable amount of time “on the ground” in North Korea gathering information for their research. North Korea Demystified is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Cambria Press Publication Highlight: Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

As Donald Trump’s trip to Israel renews questions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we highlight a noteworthy title, Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Perspectives on the Peace Process, edited by Moises Salinas and Hazza Abu Rabi.

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The following is a quote from the book:

We cannot ignore the human element. As many of the authors have stressed, this is not simply a conflict about political issues, or even about abstract concepts like justice or safety. This is a conflict about real people driven by real emotions and feelings, such as fear, hatred, perceptions of injustice, and prejudice. It is also a conflict that exacts an enormous human toll––psychological, physical, and economical. It is important to frame our discussions in a way that recognizes the human element on both sides. Some of the essays in this volume, for example, stress how involving Arab-Israelis (who are politically marginalized but have a clear connection with the people on both sides of the conflict) in the negotiation process can be an important step to achieving that goal.

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Title: Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Perspectives on the Peace Process
Editors: Moises Salinas and Hazza Abu Rabi
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604976540
352 pp.  |   2009   |   Hardback & E-book
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Publication Excerpts from “Security Forces in African States: Cases and Assessment”

The following are publication excerpts from Security Forces in African States: Cases and Assessment, edited by Paul Shemella and Nicholas Tomb.

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Excerpt from chapter 1, “The Larger Context”

Armed forces can be used to help governments improve human security along the difficult road to prosperity, literacy, political stability, and domestic tranquility. But that is not the primary role of armies and navies. As central as security is to social well-being, good governance is largely an exercise in making distinctions between these two broad types of security, and then applying armed forces, law enforcement, and intelligence resources appropriately (in coordination with the rest of the government). Too often, the military leg of this triad—driven by fearful or misguided politicians—actually serves to diminish human security. Perhaps the most essential element of governing well is making security forces part of the solution rather than part of the problem.”

Excerpt from chapter 2 “Tools for Assessment of Security: Level 1 and Level 2”

The tools offered in this chapter can be used in various ways to evaluate how well a selected African government is governing and developing its security force institutions. Within this set of tools also lie the means to assess how well single security institutions are performing their roles and expected missions.”


“Although this framework would be useful for Western governments in their efforts to support African government reform, the most significant application would be as a method for African governments to assess themselves.

The case studies that follow will draw on the analytical tools in this chapter to discuss the efforts of those governments to govern and operate their security forces. The cases have been selected to illustrate a diversity of responses to universal security challenges. In addition to examining the unique aspects of particular countries, each case study will address specifically the following set of questions, derived directly from tables 1 through 4:

  • What is the “national brand” of the country as a consequence of the way the government uses its armed forces?
  • What are the most significant threats that must be dealt with by the security sector?
  • What are the roles of the armed forces and law enforcement forces, and how do they complement one another?
  • Into which category of political system does the country fit most accurately? To what degree do security institutions influence the government’s political system?
  • Does the governance and capacity of the security sector contribute to healthy relationships between security forces and society, as well as good governance overall? If not, why not?
  • What are the trends for security sector institutions, and are there measures of effectiveness that can be captured and tracked over time?”

Excerpt from chapter 3, “The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo”

“The Congo is sometimes described as the heart of Africa, and like any vital organ its condition will have a fundamental impact on the broader body. With a population of 80 million people, an enormous amount of territory, and nine neighboring countries, it is the key to stability in the region. If the culture of corruption and impunity can be replaced with accountability, good governance—and democratically elected civilian control of the armed forces—the DRC could become the breadbasket of Southern Africa that it rightfully should be. If things continue as they are, the ruling elite will use the security forces to enrich themselves at the expense of the citizenry, and risk throwing the entire region into chaos.”

This book is part of the Rapid Communications in Conflict and Security (RCCS) Series (General Editor: Geoffrey R.H. Burn).

Key words

Addis Ababa

Africa Parks

African Party of Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC)

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)


air force

Al Qaeda

Al Shabaab

al-Bashir, Omar

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)

Alstom SA



Amnesty International


Ansar Dine

armed forces



authoritarian regime

bad governance

Badme War

Bardo National Museum


Ben Ali




Boko Haram

border violation [border violation, borders violation]



Burkina Faso

Camara, Dadis




capacity measure [capacity measure, capacity measures]

Carter Center

Carvalho, Ana Larcher

cattle rustling

Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR)

Central African Republic (CAR)

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Cheick Modibo Diarra

child labor

child soldiers

China Poly Group

civil society

civil war

civil-military relations

climate change

coast guard

coercive force

Cold War

collapsed states

Collier, Paul

colonial history

combat experience



Condé, Alpha

Congo Free State


constitutional democracy

Conté, Lansana


Côte d’Ivoire

Counter Terrorism Center (CTC)



coup d’état



cyber attacks



Déby, Idriss


defense committees

Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DIILS)


democratic consolidation

democratic control

Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR)

democratic transition


Department of State Dignitary Protection Detail

Derg Regime

Desalegne, Haile Miriam


desired outcome


Dire Dawa

Doha Centre for Media Freedom


Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

drug trafficking

East Africa


Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG)

economic development







environmental pollution


Ethiopia/Eritrea War

Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF)

ethnic conflict

European Union (EU)

extrajudicial killings


Eyadéma, Gnassingbé [Eyadéma]

failed state


Faure, Gnassingbé,

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC)



First Congo War


food insecurity

Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC)


Freedom House

Gadhafi, Muammar

Gafat Armament Engineering Complex



Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)


George W. Bush


Global Political Agreement


good governance

governance measure [governance measure, governance measures]

Grand Renaissance Dam

Great Lakes region

Grindle, Merilee

Grunitzky, Nicolas


Gulf of Guinea

Habré, Hissène

Haile Selassie

Haleb Island

health insecurity

Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative

Hibret Machine Tools

High Council of Student Association Movements (HACAME)

Human Development Index (HDI)

human resources management system

human rights

human rights abuses

human rights groups

Human Rights Report



Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA)

information campaign


institutionalized competitive states

institutionalized noncompetitive states




intelligence fusion center


interagency operations

internal security forces

International Crisis Group (ICG)



Islamic Courts

Islamic State


Jasmine Revolution


jihadist terrorism

judicial oversight

judicial review

Kabila, Joseph

Kabila, Laurent



King Leopold II


Konaré, Alpha Oumar

Lake Chad

Lake Chad Basin

law enforcement


legal framework

legislative oversight



locust infestations


Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)

Mai Mai militia

major shortfalls


maritime security

mass migration


Meles Zenawi Asres

Mengistu Haile Mariam

merit-based promotion

Metals & Engineering Corporation (METEC)

military exclusion zones

Military Function High Council

military manufacturing

military operations

Military Section Committees


minimally institutionalized states

Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs

Ministry of Internal Security

Ministry of Security and Civil Protection

Mobutu Sese Seko

Modibo Kéïta

money laundering

Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND)

Movement for the Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO)


Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)


munitions factory

N’Diaye, Boubacar

narco trafficking

National Assembly

national brand

National Conference in Lomé

National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

national defense

National Defense and Security Policy

national economy

national guard

National Independent Elections Commission

National Intelligence Agency (ANR)

National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS)

National Intelligence Service (NIS)

National Police Service Commission (NPSC)

National Security Council (NSC)

natural disaster


Nazareth Canvas and Garment Factory



Niger Delta

North Korea

Nye, Joseph

Olympio, Sylvanus

opposition leaders

Optimal Protection Services

organized crime


Ouagadougou Accord

Oxfam International




personal rule


Police Nationale Congolaise (PNC)


political opposition

political partisanship [partisanship]

political violence





Power, Samantha

President Guard Battalion

Prime Minister

private security companies

Private Security Regulatory Authority

Processing and Research Center

public disorder [“manifested in multiple categories”]

public goods

public health

public safety

Radisson Blu


Rapid Response Units




Regional Police Commissions

Republican Guard

resource trap


Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)


rule of law




Sanogo, Amadou Haya


Second Congo War

Secret Service

sectarian violence


Security Advisory Services

security companies

security sector reform (SSR)


sex workers

sexual trafficking

sexual-based violence

Shell Oil

Sierra Leone




Soviet Union

special forces

Special Forces Battalion

Spire Corp.

strategic vision


tactical air control patrols


terrorist attacks

Third Wave

391st Commando Battalion



Touré, Ahmed Sékou

Touré, Amadou Toumani




Transitional National Government of Somalia (TNG)


Transparency International

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Traoré, Dioncounda

Traoré, Moussa






UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS)

UN Organization for Stabilization in DR Congo (MONUSCO)

UN Security Council (UNSC)

Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)

Union of Islamic Courts (UIC)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations

United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO)

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

United States Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

University of Addis Ababa

University of Kara


US Department of State

US Special Forces

Usalama Reform Forum



Warsaw Pact

Waterproof Shield

West Africa

West Virginia

Westgate Mall

white paper

wildlife poaching

World Bank

World Health Organization (WHO)

World War II

Yar’Adua, Umaru



Title: Security Forces in African States: Cases and Assessment
Authors: Paul Shemella and Nicholas Tomb, eds.
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979817
294 pp.  |   2017   |   Paperback & E-book
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Cambria Press Publication Excerpt from “North Korea Demystified”

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Given the recent events, it would be timely to revisit North Korea Demystified. The book was published in at the end of 2012, but the advice of expert Professor Bruce Cumings in his chapter “North Korea––Dealing with Irrationality” still resonates with most, especially given the precarious state of world politics and the reputation of the leaders in place. Professor Cumings urges that we “finally to shed the anachronistic polarized positions and mindset of the Cold War and to move in the direction of a calm, steady, nuanced, and persistent process of rapprochement with Pyongyang.” He explains why in the publication excerpt below:

How do psychiatrists deal with an angry, violent, insulting, aggravating, recalcitrant, prideful, self-defeating patient? With concern, empathy, understanding, deflection, subtle advice (usually suggesting alternative behavior), the setting of limits on the one hand and the opening of avenues toward change on the other. Think of Tony Soprano and Jennifer Melfi: did she call him a fat, slovenly, self-indulgent, and self-regarding Mafia thug? No, she treated him like a human being in pain who needed help. China has long used a concept, zixiao, which is usually translated “cherishing friends from afar” (or “cherishing the lesser”), but it really means not sweating the small stuff when it comes to relations with allied or tributary states, or enemies who are not really threatening. It is a classic hegemonic device to show that the power that everyone recognizes as superior nonetheless shows concern and regard for the smaller or lesser party. English does not have a good equivalent to this (although magnanimity comes close), so its speakers use foreign phrases, like noblesse oblige.

North Korea

North Korea Demystified (Cambria Press, 2012)

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Cambria Press Publication Review – A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia

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Cambria Press Publication Review for A New Strategy for Complex Warfare

Congratulations to Colonel Thomas Drohan (PhD, Princeton University), Head of the Department of Military & Strategic Studies at the United States Air Force (USAF) Academy, on the outstanding review by the journal Parameters of his book, A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia.

This book, which is part of the new Cambria Rapid Communications in Conflict and Security Studies (RCSS) Series (general editor: Dr. Geoffrey R. H. Burn), was published by Cambria Press in 2016 and launched at the ISA and AAS conferences.

The review notes that “in placing weapons-centric strategic changes front and center, policymakers are putting the cart before the horse. Thankfully Drohan, a scholar with a doctorate from Princeton who now heads the Department of Military and Strategic Studies at the US Air Force Academy after years of his own military service, is in a unique position to bridge this gap between academic theorists and policy practitioners, a task he successfully accomplishes.”

It commends the book because it “does much of the heavy lifting required for acquiring a proper understanding of Asian security cultures. Few works have succeeded as much as this one at succinctly explaining centuries of Asian cultural history and contextualizing that history to current security issues in the region. Members of the security community will greatly benefit from this unique perspective.”

The review also emphasizes how “Drohan does not simply provide policymakers with pages of historical detail and no guidelines for determining its relevance. He excels in explaining the implications cultural histories have for US security strategy and prescribes both philosophical and pragmatic changes practitioners should make.”

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Cambria Press Publication Review: Digital Media in East Asia

Congratulations to Dr. Carin Holroyd (Associate Professor Political Studies and the Chair of the International Studies Program at the University of Saskatchewan) and Dr. Kenneth Coates (Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the University of Saskatchewan) on another excellent review of their book Digital Media in East Asia: National Innovation and the Transformation of a Region in the journal Asiascape: Digital Asia.


The review commends the book because it “provides a wide-ranging introduction to the various issues raised and presented by the digital revolution, with a focus on East Asia.” The review also notes that “the book is definitely one to recommend to interested students of East Asian Studies and New Media Studies” and that “the book is of great current value.”

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