Foreign Service Journal - November 2013 - page 34

Matthew Levinger, United States
Institute of Peace, 2013, $24.95/
paperback; $21.34/Kindle, 280 pages.
Here is a timely and practical handbook.
Instead of simply theorizing about the
causes and natures of conflicts, C
aims to provide practitioners
with the knowledge needed to translate understanding into
effective action and, ultimately, solutions. The book is supple-
mented with useful case studies, appendices and analytical
The author focuses on averting future conflicts and ending cur-
rent ones; he also tackles the study of conflict alongside the study
of peace, and investigates what causes each scenario. He also
stresses the social aspect of conflict analysis. For those working to
prevent global crises or solve ongoing ones,
Conflict Analysis
provide the necessary knowledge and understanding essential to
successful action.
Matthew Levinger is a visiting professor at The George Wash-
ington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and
director of the school’s National Security Studies Program.
Andrew C.A. Jampoler, Naval Institute
Press, 2013, $44.95/hardcover;
$26.99/Kindle, 256 pages.
Andrew C.A. Jampoler, a U.S. Navy aviator
for 24 years, recently retraced the 1885 solo
mission of Lt. Emory Taunt, an American
naval officer assigned to explore the reaches of the Congo River
and investigate possible trade opportunities.
is the result
of that experience, and also draws on a great deal of research on
Lt. Taunt and his mission.
Besides telling the gripping and, ultimately, tragic story of Lt.
describes the U.S. involvement in late 19th-century
Africa and its role in the formation of the Congo nation.
Andrew Jampoler was named Author of the Year by the Naval
Press Institute in 2003 and by
Naval History
magazine in 2006. His
previous works include
(Naval Institute Press, 2011),
rible Shipwreck
(Naval Institute Press, 2010) and
The Last Lincoln
(Naval Institute Press, 2009). He resides in Loudoun
County, Va.
J. Robert Moskin, Thomas Dunne Books,
2013, $40/hardcover; $19.99/Kindle,
944 pages.
American Statecraft
is the first comprehen-
sive history of the U.S. Foreign Service, one
of the oldest, but least understood, institu-
tions in the United States.
The product of 15 years of research by J. Robert Moskin, the
award-winning historian and journalist, this weighty tome traces
American diplomacy from the country’s founding. The reader not
only sees the development of the Foreign Service in the context
of the issues of the times, but comes to appreciate its vital role in
bringing about the nation as we know it today.
An editor with
magazine for 19 years, five of them as its
foreign editor, J. Robert Moskin was also an editor for
The Saturday Review
, and the editorial director of the Aspen
Institute and the Commonwealth Fund. He lives in New York City
and western Massachusetts.
Louise P. Woodroofe, Kent State University
Press, 2013, $49.50, hardcover,
176 pages.
The 1970s détente era, marked by the Stra-
tegic Arms Limitation Treaty negotiations,
was strained by ongoing disagreements
between the superpowers regarding conflicts occurring inThird
World nations. In this work, Louise Woodroofe focuses on one of
them—that between Ethiopia and Somalia—which, according to
the author, may have marked the failure of détente.
Woodroofe tells the history of that conflict and its impact on
the détente process, also explaining how the Horn of Africa has
been altered politically and socially by the Cold War.
Louise P. Woodroofe is a historian with the Department of
State’s Office of the Historian, focusing on U.S. foreign policy in
postcolonial Africa.
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