Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Kinzer in Globe: Conventional military has lost power.

Writing in the Boston Globe, Visiting Fellow Stephen Kinzer notes the value of conventional military power, long a strength of the United States, has declined. "For much of history ... victory depended on your army," he writes. Today, "cultural forces and webs of global politics and economics bind nations together in ways that make the exercise of military power more difficult. The idea that a big power can easily stop, win, or decisively intervene in an overseas conflict by applying massive force is a relic of past centuries."

August 1, 2014