ODU Professor Steve Yetiv is the Author of Two News Books on the Middle East
In "Explaining Foreign Policy: U.S. Decision-Making in the Gulf Wars," second edition, from Johns Hopkins University Press, Yetiv dissects the U.S.-led wars in 1991 and 2003, with the help of newly released declassified documents emphasizing the how and why of these conflicts. The book is now available at Johns Hopkins University Press and in outlets such as Amazon. His second work, "The Petroleum Triangle: Global Oil, Globalization and Transnational Terrorism" (Cornell University Press), scheduled for release this summer, explores how a relatively small group of terrorists has threatened global security.
The central argument of "The Petroleum Triangle" is that Al Qaeda (including its many affiliates) has developed into a real and perceived threat to global security and has been hard to eliminate due to a combination of factors and issues that have emerged from the
Since its first printing in 2004, "Explaining Foreign Policy: U.S. Decision-Making in the Gulf Wars" has served as an original academic work for the undergraduate and graduate classroom, and has been adopted by more than 30 schools across the country and internationally. Drawing on the widest set of primary sources to date - including a trove of recently declassified documents - and on interviews with key actors, Yetiv illuminates the decision-making process in the two Gulf wars in the book's second edition, developing theoretical notions about foreign policy.
According to Johns Hopkins University Press, Yetiv's methods include five key models: rational actor, cognitive, domestic politics, groupthink and bureaucratic politics. "What Yetiv discovers, in addition to original empirical evidence about U.S. decision making in the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars, is that no one approach provides the best explanation, but when all five are used, a fuller and more complete understanding emerges." Douglas A. Borer, professor at the
Yetiv, a widely sought expert on the
This article was posted on: February 23, 2011
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