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Book - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Hand-Off: The Foreign Policy George W. Bush Passed to Barack Obama

| Feb. 15, 2023

Hand-Off details the Bush administration’s national security and foreign policy as described at the time in then-classified Transition Memoranda prepared by the National Security Council experts who advised President Bush. Thirty of these Transition Memoranda, newly declassified and here made public for the first time, provide a detailed, comprehensive, and first-hand look at the foreign policy the Bush administration turned over to President Obama.

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Correspondence: The Establishment and U.S. Grand Strategy

  • Hal Brands
  • Rebecca Friedman Lissner
  • Patrick Porter
| Spring 2019

Peter D. Feaver and Hal Brands, and Rebecca Friedman Lissner respond to Patrick Porter’s spring 2018 article, “Why America’s Grand Strategy Has Not Changed: Power, Habit, and the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment.”

Sgt. John Guerra, 21, from Dallas, Tex., walks with his platoon from the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team during a patrol in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 16, 2007.

AP Photo

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

The Right to Be Right: Civil-Military Relations and the Iraq Surge Decision

| Spring 2011

President George W. Bush’s Iraq surge decision in late 2006 is an interest­ing case for civil-military relations theory, in particular, the debate between professional supremacists and civilian supremacists over how much to defer to the military on decisions during war.

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Success Matters: Casualty Sensitivity and the War in Iraq

| Winter 2005/06

"Success Matters" authoritatively explains the rationale for the George W. Bush administration's attempts to maintain U.S. domestic support for the war in Iraq. In 2005, as the war became increasingly unpopular, Peter Feaver, one of the article's authors, was appointed to the National Security Council staff as special adviser for strategic planning and institutional reform. He has reportedly played a key role in shaping U.S. policy. Feaver and his coauthors conclude that the American public will support a war when it believes that success is likely. This article offers a detailed look at the analysis that underpins current U.S. policy. It is suggested that the public will even tolerate relatively high levels of casualties if victory is the probable outcome of the war. These conclusions have served as the basis for the "strategy for victory" that President Bush outlined in his November 30, 2005 Naval Academy speech and elsewhere.

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm? (Or Was Anybody Ever a Realist?)

In this issue's correspondence section, Peter Feaver, Gunther Hellmann, Randall Schweller, Jeffrey Taliaferro, and William Wohlforth argue against points made in Jeffrey Legro and Andrew Moravcsik's fall 1999 article "Is Anybody Still a Realist?" Legro and Moravcsik respond to their critics.

Soldiers and Civilians:  The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security

BCSIA Communications Officer

Book - MIT Press

Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security

Many commentators have pointed to an emerging civil-military "gap" in the United States.  Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen declared that a "chasm" is opening between the military and civilian worlds.  Some claim that America's armed forces and its civilians no longer share the same values and understanding of the role of the military.  Others go so far as to suggest that the U.S. military is becoming less willing to accept civilian direction.