The Spring 2014 issue of the Fletcher Security Review can now be found online. This is the first full issue for the publication, which was launched only last fall and has been building content ever since. Here’s the introduction that the editor, Haider Mullick, a Fletcher PhD candidate, shared with the community:
Managed and edited by students at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Fletcher Security Review builds on the School’s strong traditions of combining scholarship with practice, fostering close interdisciplinary collaboration, and acting as a vehicle for groundbreaking discussion of international security. We believe that by leveraging these strengths – seeking input from established and up-and-coming scholars, practitioners, and analysts from around the world on topics deserving greater attention – we can promote genuinely unique ways of looking at the future of security.
Each issue of FSR is centered around a broad theme. In this issue, we chose to revisit the rich topic of “Proxy War.” This volume explores the wide variety of ways in which international relations scholars and practitioners define, and understand the role of, proxies. Our contributors consider “traditional” great power conflicts as well as examine the murky and misunderstood impact of sub-national actors such as Mexico’s cartels, Africa’s failing state watchmen and/or predators, and transnational jihadist groups. They encourage us to learn from the proxy conflicts of the past, and they explore the future in their examination of the laws of war and their relevance to cyber clashes.
Also looking to the future of security are two renowned leaders in the field of security praxis. David H. Petraeus discusses the importance of North American cooperation to minimize the impact of global insecurity, and Frances Townsend highlights, in her eyes, the reasons for America’s decline.