Mark Urban - The Edge (2nd Hand Paperback)
The size of western armed forces, their stocks of weaponry and their readiness for combat are declining. Meanwhile, growing nationalism is hampering international cooperation and fuelling conflict everywhere. The west's will - as well as its capability - to shape the world is ebbing away.
Beset by economic woes, western countries are continuing the post-Cold War process of disarmament at the very moment that many believe a new Cold War is starting.
NATO members have compared Vladimir Putin's foreign policy to that of Adolf Hitler, newly empowered groups such as ISIS, not to mention some governments, are tearing up the rulebook of acceptable international behaviour, and the military prowess that the western world once regarded as its prerogative is being dwarfed by countries like India and China.
Tightly argued by Newsnight's diplomatic and defence editor Mark Urban, The Edge is a sharp polemic that breaks new ground in examining the workings and consequences of these geo-political tectonics, and shows just how rapidly the balance of power has been upended.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
- Published : 2015
- ISBN : 9780349140513
- SKU : B000707
- PPC : SP220gm
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"This is a kind of wake-up call. As defence budgets in the west, including the US and UK, are being cut by governments confronted by austerity or war weariness – what Peter Wall, the former head of the army, has called “moral disarmament” - Vladimir Putin is modernising Russia’s ageing arsenal in a hugely expensive and ambitious programme, while China, India, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states (to the delight of British arms companies) are increasing the amount spent on weapons to record levels.
Mark Urban is the BBC’s respected diplomatic and defence journalist and a military historian, and his book asks “Is the Military Dominance of the West Coming to an End?”. The answer is: “Yes, of course.” " - The Guardian.
Mark Lee Urban is a British journalist, historian, and broadcaster, and is currently the Diplomatic Editor and occasional presenter for BBC Two's Newsnight.