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.

Asian Warfare

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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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 Author Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Recipient of the 2015 President’s Faculty Award

Cambria Press Publication Author Review political science terrorism terrorist Ivan Sascha Sheehan #ISA #APSA

Cambria Press is proud and pleased to congratulate author Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore, was honored today for being selected by President Kurt Schmoke to receive the 2015 President’s Faculty Award for outstanding contributions related to teaching, research, and service in support of the university’s mission. The award is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member annually. Recipients of the award are required to have a record of excellence in teaching, research, scholarly activity, and service.

Dr. Sheehan’s book, When Terrorism and Counterterrorism Clash: The War on Terror and the Transformation of Terrorist Activity, has won the praise of scholars and practitioners.

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Cambria Press New Publication: New, Highly Accessible Book on Bilateral Aid to #LatinAmerica

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Cambria Press New Publication – Bilateral Aid to Latin America: Foreign Economic Assistance from Major Donor Nations by Francis Adams

Bilateral Aid to Latin America:
Foreign Economic Assistance from Major Donor Nations

Cambria Press announces the release of this comprehensive, detailed account of the bilateral economic assistance of six major donor nations—the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, and China—to the nations of Latin America.

This important, accessible resource will be very useful in understanding the nature, impact, and motivations of such foreign assistance to Latin America. For example, the book looks at the relationship between China and Latin America:

From Chapter 8, CHINA: Power, Wealth, and Interests:

Protecting state-sponsored investments in Latin America is a top priority for the Chinese government. As with trade, China hopes to avoid new restrictions on foreign investment. The cumulative stock of China’s direct investments in Latin America is $26.7 billion, roughly one-fifth of China’s foreign investment worldwide. …

China has now surpassed Japan as the leading Asian trading partner for Latin America. It is the first or second largest trading partner for Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.”

Libraries collections that focus on Latin America, international development, and economic assistance will want to add Bilateral Aid to Latin America: Foreign Economic Assistance from Major Donor Nations to their purchase list.

About the author: A University Professor of Political Science at Old Dominion University, Francis Adams (PhD, Cornell University) is also the chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography and holds a joint appointment with the Graduate Program in International Studies. Professor Adams’s previous publications include The United Nations in Latin America: Aiding Development, Deepening Democracy: Global Governance and Political Reform in Latin America, and Dollar Diplomacy: United States Economic Assistance to Latin America.

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“United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific is an important book about an important subject.” – Tommy Koh

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Cambria Press forthcoming book: United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific: Perspectives from Asia edited by Yoichiro Sato and Tan See Seng

Cambria Press forthcoming book: United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific

United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific is an important book about an important subject.  Will the U.S. continue to maintain its engagement with the Asia Pacific?  Is Obama’s Asia policy intended to contain the rise of China?  What role will Japan, India, and the middle powers play in the emerging regional order?”

– Professor Tommy Koh,
Ambassador-at-Large at Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Rector of Tembusu College,
National University of Singapore

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“A fantastic and elaborate collection, this book is right on time. The good news about the present volume is that it does not simply treat the region as just another case of the application and replication of paradigmatic international relation (IR) theories. Rather, the book shall “throw light on how the Arctic as an area of study contributes to the IR discipline.’ The contributors have done a great job doing so and their efforts will be of great interest to both the Arctic studies community and IR scholars.”– Polar Record

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The Nigeria-Biafra War: Genocide and the Politics of Memory
“Worthy and  invaluable.” – Journal of Asian and African Studies

Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries
“Insightful and perceptive.” – William Milam, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Global Digital Economy: A Comparative Policy Analysis
JUST PUBLISHED! Covers the intense growth in East Asia and the transformations in Africa.

Japan’s Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline
“A splendid effort, one that examines the problem at various scales—the national, prefectural, regional & local.” – Regional Studies

Climate Change Politics: Communication and Public Engagement
“A welcome collection of critical scholarship.” – Mike Hulme, University of East Anglia

Challenges to Civil Society: Popular Protest & Governance in Jamaica
“Lucid and powerful.” – Joseph Soeters, Netherlands Defence Academy/Tilburg University

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International Relations and the Arctic by Robert Murray and Anita Dey Nuttall earns a glowing book review in the journal Polar Record.

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