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Waging War, Planning Peace – U.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Waging War, Planning Peace: U.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars

Aaron Rapport


As the U.S. experience in Iraq following the 2003 invasion made abundantly clear, failure to plan properly for risks associated with post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction can have a devastating impact on the overall success of a military mission. This book investigates how U.S. presidents and their senior advisers have managed vital noncombat activities while the nation is in the midst of fighting or preparing to fight major wars. It argues that research from psychology—specifically, construal level theory—can help explain how individuals reason about the costs of post-conflict noncom ... More

Keywords: military mission, noncombat activities, war, post-conflict operations, noncombat operations, Iraq War, construal level theory, postwar planning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453588
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453588.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Rapport, author
Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge