Reagan Redux? Old Ideas For A New Foreign Policy with John Arquilla.
Is engaging your enemies appeasement or diplomatic good sense? Arquilla argues that the most successful foreign policy initiatives of the 1980s grew from the realization that the Cold War wasn't militarily winnable, and this led Ronald Reagan to sharply reduce nuclear arsenals and to negotiate with an "evil empire." Arquilla speaks on this approach and its parallels in today's "long war" in Iraq.
John Arquilla is a Professor of Defense Analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
John Arquilla earned his degrees in international relations from Rosary College (BA, 1975) and Stanford University (MA, 1989; Ph.D., 1991). He is an associate professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
His teaching includes courses in the history of special operations, international political theory, the revolution in military affairs, and information-age conflict. He has written Lessons from the War with Saddam Hussein, Dubious Battles, and From Troy to Entebbe, as well as many articles, book chapters, and monographs on a wide range of topics in security affairs.
He is best known for his collaborative RAND studies with David Ronfeldt, notably Cyberwar is Coming! (1993), The Advent of Netwar (1996), In Athena's Camp (1997), and Swarming and the Future of Conflict (1999). Their latest book, Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy (2001) analyzes the rise of terror and transnational criminal networks, and considers strategic options for waging the current terror war.
Chairman, International Relations Forum, Commonwealth Club of California