What We’re Reading: American Sea Power and the Intermarium

Weekly reviews of what's on our bookshelves.

Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy: The U.S. Navy and the Birth of the American Century By Henry J. Hendrix A helpful reader suggested “Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy” after learning that the previous book I reviewed was a total bust. I’m grateful that he did. As we’ve noted, when the U.S. became a regional power at the start of the 20th century, the Monroe Doctrine didn’t carry much weight because Washington couldn’t really enforce it. The book goes so far as to point out, on multiple occasions, how inferior the U.S. Navy was in the 1880s, even more so than several South American navies. Henry J. Hendrix outlines in detail how Roosevelt foresaw the need to remedy this problem, constructed a clear vision for the future standing of the U.S. and developed the tools available to Washington for conducting international relations. Hendrix also shows the shortcomings identified by Roosevelt and charts the steps taken not only to overcome them but also to equip the U.S. with the ability needed to project power. The author uses major episodes during Roosevelt’s administration to illustrate the president’s contributions to developing U.S. power. The Venezuela crisis, when primarily German and British boats blockaded the country to […]

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Allison Fedirka
Allison Fedirka is the director of analysis for Geopolitical Futures. In addition to writing analyses, she helps train new analysts, oversees the intellectual quality of analyst work and helps guide the forecasting process. Prior to joining Geopolitical Futures, Ms. Fedirka worked for Stratfor as a Latin America specialist and subsequently as the Latin America regional director. She lived in South America – primarily Argentina and Brazil – for more than seven years and, in addition to English, fluently speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Ms. Fedirka has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in international relations and affairs from the University of Belgrano, Argentina. Her thesis was on Brazil and Angola and south-south cooperation.
Ridvan Bari Urcosta
Mr. Urcosta joins Geopolitical Futures as an analyst with wide experience in the Black Sea region, Russia and the Middle East, Ukraine and Crimea as a geopolitical region and Eastern Europe. He is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Warsaw and he also teaches an independent ERASMUS course: “Russia and the Middle East: Geopolitics and Diplomacy.” He was born in Abkhazia, Georgia where he lived until the onset of the Civil War. In the early 1990’s he moved to Crimea where he lived until its annexation by Russia. At the moment of annexation he worked in the Sevastopol State Administration. Right after annexation he worked as a Human Rights Officer in Odessa, Ukraine in the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission. Mr. Urcosta graduated from the Estonian Diplomatic Academy in 2015 and completed The Indigenous Fellowship Programme (IFP) in 2017, a comprehensive human rights training program, that was established by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. In 2018 he gave a speech at the UN Human Rights Council about the human rights situation in annexed by Russian Federation Crimea. Previously Mr. Urcosta has provided insights to different analytical centers including the European Council on Foreign Relations, Jamestown Foundation, War Room (U.S. War College) The Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute), Jerusalem Post and others. He previously worked as an assistant to the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, a single supreme plenipotentiary representative and executive body of the Crimean Tatar people. He speaks Polish, Russian, English, Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar and Turkish. Moreover, Ridvan works as Senior analyst at the Polish think tank "Strategy&Future" with Jacek Bartosiak (Warsaw, Poland).