February 24, 2016

General Michael V. Hayden spoke about his book, Playing to the Edge, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

Hayden, a retired Air Force four-star general, headed the NSA from 1999 to 2005, and was CIA director from 2006 to 2009. Now a principal with the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy, Hayden offers a clear-eyed assessment of national security decisions, both before and after 9/11. Striving for a “straightforward and readable history” of recent policy that includes controversial measures such as surveillance, rendition and targeted killing, Hayden outlines the challenges faced by U.S. security agencies and the options available at the time. Hayden is in conversation with Scott Shane, New York Times national security reporter and author of Objective Troy.

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ISBN: 9780143109983
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Published: Penguin Books - February 21st, 2017

February 9, 2016

Peter Bergen spoke about his book, United States of Jihad, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

In his fifth book on radical Islam, Bergen looks closer to home, investigating the motivations of some of the more than 300 U.S. citizens who have been indicted for or convicted of terrorist acts—some carried out in this country. Focusing in detail on New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki, the Tsarnaev brothers’ mentor; and Alabama-native Omar Hammami, among others, Bergen draws on his deep familiarity with counterterrorism agencies, and asks how we can preserve both security and freedom while staying alert to radical threats.

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ISBN: 9780804139564
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Published: Crown - February 7th, 2017

January 10, 2016

Michael E. O'Hanlon spoke about his book, The Future of Land Warfare, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, January 10, 2016.

From drones to cyberwar, armed conflict is increasingly technological and remote. But before we consign conventional warfare to the past, O’Hanlon, the research director for the Brookings foreign policy program and the author of many books on defense policy, including Healing the Wounded Giant and A Skeptic’s Case for Nuclear Disarmament, points out many hotspots where conflict could best be resolved by old-fashioned boots on the ground. His scenarios range from a Russian attack on the Baltic States to a Chinese incursion on the Korean peninsula to deployment of humanitarian security forces in the aftermath of epidemics in Asia or Africa..

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ISBN: 9780815727422
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - August 31st, 2015