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    How the United States can use force short of war

    When: Thursday, August 19, 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. EDT

    Online only: https://www.brookings.edu/events/how-the-united-states-can-use-force-short-of-war/

    What: In their new book, “Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy,” co-authors and Stimson Center experts Barry Blechman, James Siebens, and Melanie Sisson argue that during the Cold War, U.S. efforts to coerce other states using non-violent methods short of war failed as often as they succeeded. Yet, unlike the Soviet Union, whose economy was stagnant and technology far behind that of the West, the United States must now contend with far more capable competitors. The book generates insight into how the U.S. military can be used to achieve policy goals. Specifically, it provides guidance concerning the methods and conditions needed for the U.S. armed forces to create, in concert with economic and diplomatic elements of U.S. power, effective coercive strategies short of war.

    On August 19, Brookings Senior Fellow and Director of Research for Foreign Policy Michael O’Hanlon will host Sisson and Blechman for a discussion on the book’s themes, as well as options for defense policymakers as they plan for the future of war in an era of great power competition.

    Viewers can submit questions via email to events@brookings.edu or on Twitter using #FutureOfWar.

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