David Ronfeldt Free eBooks (1)

Author: David Ronfeldt
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Keywords: segmental, warfare, waging, tribe, affiliates, global, qaeda
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Al Qaeda and its affiliates are operating much like a global tribe waging segmental warfare. This paper describes the dynamics of classic tribes: what drives them, how they organize, how they fight. Al Qaeda fits the tribal paradigm quite well. Thus, continuing to view Al Qaeda mainly as a cutting-edge, post-modern phenomenon of the information age misses a crucial point: Al Qaeda and affiliates a......
Author: David Ronfeldt
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Keywords: first, forever, form, mdash, tribes, societies, work, search
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The latest in a string of efforts to develop a theoretical framework about social evolution, based on how people develop their societies by using four forms of organization — tribes, hierarchical institutions, markets, and networks — this installment focuses on the tribal form. The tribal form was the first to emerge and mature, beginning thousands of years ago. Its main dynamic is kin......
Author: David Ronfeldt
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Keywords: social, evolution, future, networks, ngos, ahead
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This paper — written in 2002 and now a chapter in a new book — speculates about the future of the environmental movement as a function of its increasing use of network forms of organization and related strategies and technologies attuned to the information age. The paper does so by nesting the movement’s potential in a theoretical framework about social evolution. This framework ......
ISBN: 0833015788, 9780833015785
Author: David Ronfeldt
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Keywords: leadership, analysis, concept, complex, hubris, nemesis, beware
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This essay introduces and defines the concept of the hubris-nemesis complex, illustrates it by drawing upon both mythic characters and real personalities, relates it to other psychological phenomena that have been described well in the past, and discusses some challenges that may be faced in recognizing and dealing with the complex in the course of international relations.The essay argues that the......
Author: David Ronfeldt
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Keywords: coming, cyberocracy
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The government world lags behind the business world in feeling the effects of the information technology revolution and related innovations in organization. But government may change radically in the decades ahead. This essay fields a concept — cyberocracy — to discuss how the development of, and demand for access to, the future electronic information and communications infrastructures......
ISBN: 0833019430, 9780833019431
Author: David Ronfeldt
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Keywords: making, mexico, new
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This paper presents the text of a speech to the seminar on Mexico Today: Some Comments on President Salinas's State of the Nation Report, presented at the Mexican Consulate, Los Angeles, November 13, 1990. The paper reviews changes that have taken place in Mexico beginning in the mid-1980s under the administration of President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado and continuing under President Carlos Salin......
ISBN: 0833019627, 9780833019622
Author: David Ronfeldt
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Keywords: information, revolution, effects, political, cyberspace, cyberology, cyberocracy
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This paper considers how the information and communications technology revolution may affect politics and government in the future. Besides reviewing the effects that the information revolution is having on business and government, the author examines ways the modern bureaucratic state may give way to the "cybercratic state" — one where information is a key organizing principle — early......
ISBN: 0833017845, 9780833017840
Author: David Ronfeldt
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Keywords: quixote, captain, ahab, don, fidel, chapters, faces, draft
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This paper compares Fidel Castro with the heroic literary archetypes of Miguel de Cervantes' The Adventures of Don Quixote and Herman Melville's Moby Dick. The author suggests that Melville's Captain Ahab character, who portrays the hubris-nemesis conflict that also afflicts Fidel Castro, might provide some insight into Castro.......
ISBN: 0833017691, 9780833017697
Author: David Ronfeldt
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Keywords: pieces, three
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This paper presents three opinion pieces, all on different subjects, that seem to fit together because of a common dark tone of speculation. In order of presentation, they sound warnings that (1) the post-Cold War era, far from producing democracy, peace, and prosperity in Latin America and other parts of the Third World, may result in a new round of dictatorships and dirty wars; (2) the worldwide......
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