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Naval War College Review

Volume 56, Number 1 (2003) Winter


Ashurbanipal, the last great king (reigned 668–27 bc) of the ancient Assyrian Empire, centered in what is today northern Iraq. In the previous century the Assyrians had overrun the northern part of Israel and invested, but did not take, Jerusalem, to the south—a conquest achieved in the next century by the Chaldeans, under Nebuchadnezzar II, with whom President Saddam Hussein has famously identified himself. . . . Our lead article, by one of the most prominent American specialists on Southwest Asia, examines the elements that are likely to shape Iraq after the Hussein regime—which seems likely to be destroyed as well, and with even greater suddenness.

Our cover is a detail of a bas-relief hunting scene, c. 645 bc (now in the British Museum), from Ashurbanipal’s palace in Nineveh. As was apparently characteristic of Assyrian wall-mounted reliefs of the era, it was originally painted; traces of pigment are still detectable.

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Winter 2003 Full Issue
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From the Editor

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From the Editors
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President's Forum

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President’s Forum
Rodney P. Rempt

Articles

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Nato’s European Members
Richard L. Russell

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“Alongside the Best”?
Andrew C. Richter

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Clausewitz’s Center of Gravity
Antulio J. Echevarria II

Book Reviews

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Book Reviews
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Assessing the Threats
Myron A. Greenberg

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Victory on the Potomac
William Turcotte

Additional Writings

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In My View
Karen Kwiatkowski, Robert Coram, Robert C. Whitten, and Nathan Okun

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Review Essays
The U.S Naval War College

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The Wisdom on Terror
Sam J. Tangredi

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Thinking Ahead Intelligently
Francis G. Hoffman

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Forgotten No Longer
Donald Chisholm