A Fearful Symmetry
|Publication Date: 04/2010|
|Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4|
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|Hardcover|| ||$34.95|| ||978-0-313-38232-1|
The New Soldier in the Age of Asymmetric Conflict
Foreword by Jamie Shea, NATO
This title provides a new and original framework for analysis of global terrorism, with a view to understanding and resolving Islamic-based, fundamentalist jihadism.
Linkages of global terrorism to development failure, collapsed states, and other illegal activities have been extensively analyzed in geopolitical terms. Yet despite all of this analysis, no workable answers have been forthcoming.
In A Fearful Symmetry: The New Soldier in the Age of Asymmetric Conflict Professor Rumu Sarkar deploys a new set of analytical techniques to frame the phenomenon of global terrorism in a way that is both illuminating and fruitful in its practical applications for NATO, UN, and AU forces.
With innovative conceptual tools developed in her essay, “Une Symétrie de la Peur,” which was the Prix Fondation Saint-Cyr 2007 essay award winner, Sarkar uses the dialectic method to construct in A Fearful Symmetry a new critical paradigm to resolve the underlying tensions leading to global terrorism. Integral to this paradigm is Sarkar's transformational model of the New Soldier: a warrior who uses compassion, empathy, and cultural understanding as strategic weapons of war in order to definitively end the Fearful Symmetry. These intellectual skills and emotional capabilities must be inculcated in the New Soldier, not as moral imperatives, but as key operational assets for combating global jihadism and resolving the conflicts and tensions that lead to global conflict. A Fearful Symmetry tests its paradigm against case studies of the dialectics of terrorism in failed states (e.g., Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone) and non-failed states (including Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), the stalemates blocking state-centered solutions of zero-sum counterclaims, as in Palestine, Western Sahara, and Kashmir, and the promise of new forms of multilateral, multinational, multicultural, and multilingual task force cooperation exemplified by the experimental partnership between NATO and AU Standby Forces.
• Includes graphs and charts
• Provides a map of Islam in Africa
• Offers an original and innovative theoretical approach to and analysis of the most challenging, expensive, and difficult issue of our time—global terrorism
• Uses a new template of analysis, both in terms of the dialectic method and the creation of the New Soldier, to put the conflict in a different intellectual light
• Provides background profiles of jihadists that highlight, define, and put new contours to these elusive insurgents
• Yields practical results for military doctrine
Rumu Sarkar is senior legal advisor at CALIBRE Systems, a defense consulting firm located in Alexandria, VA. She is adjunct law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, and the author of International Development Law, Une Symétrie de la Peur: Un Nouvel Équilibre Mondial des Puissance, Transnational Business Law: : A Development Law Perspective, and Development Law and International Finance. She is the former general counsel for two military commissions: the Overseas Basing Commission and the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission.
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