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Colombia and the United States--The Partnership: But What Is the Endgame? by Ambassador Myles Frechette. The former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia sees much work remaining for the U.S.-Colombia partnership to eliminate the terrorism and the drug trafficking that nurture violence and corruption. He provides authoritative, eloquent, and impassioned perspectives on the achievements and failures of American and Colombian efforts, as well as thoughtful recommendations.

Globalization and Its Implications for the Defense Industrial Base, by Dr. Terrence Guay. Both governments and defense companies bear responsibility for devising prudent policies and strategies that capture the opportunities presented by globalization, while mitigating the risks. The author explores how key elements of globalization have transformed national defense industries around the world, and how these changes will affect the U.S. defense industrial base.

Georgia after the Rose Revolution: Geopolitical Predicament and Implications for U.S. Policy, by Dr. Svante Cornell. The security dynamics of the South Caucasus and Central Asia are of heightened importance to U.S. policy, so America needs to develop a more coherent and proactive policy toward the region. The author recommends a reassessment of relations with Russia and a strategic approach to Georgia, including a strengthened U.S. commitment to Georgia's NATO membership.

U.S. Interests in Central Asia and the Challenges to Them, by Dr. Stephen Blank. U.S. interests in Central Asia are challenged by Russo-Chinese and Iranian opposition to our presence there, by Central Asian governments' and local regimes' resistance to reform, and by the revival of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The author assesses how those challenges are manifesting themselves and how America might best adapt to meet them and pursue its interests with greater success.

Political Warfare in Sub-Saharan Africa: U.S. Capabilities and Chinese Operations in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, by Dr. Donovan Chau. Africa has emerged as a continent of strategic consequence. China's use of political warfare is intentionally targeting U.S. interests there. The author contends that unless the United States recognizes the utility of political warfare and employs it effectively, future U.S. influence in Africa may wane.

Biodefense Research Supporting the DoD: A New Strategic Vision, by Colonel Colleen Martinez. The author examines the productivity of DoD’s biodefense research program, coupled with changes in the global research environment since 9/11. Release of a biologic agent of mass destruction is largely unpredictable, but the outcome could be catastrophic. Therefore, the federal government must objectively assess the management of its biodefense research resources, for both the warfighter and the nation.

Upcoming Events
Western Hemisphere Mini-Colloquium Series (Colombia)
April 18, 2007 - Washington, DC

Annual Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium
May 2-4, 2007 - Miami, FL

2nd Annual North American Security Colloquium
June 26-28 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada


 
Monthly Op-Ed
From Munich to Munich, by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.

Annual Strategy Conference
Approximately 200 people attended the XVIII Annual Strategy Conference "Global Security Challenges to U.S. Interests". Videos from the conference are available on the conference website.

Coming Soon
The Politics of Identity: History, Nationalism, and the Prospect for Peace in Post-Cold War East Asia, by Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager.

North Korean Foreign Relations in the Post-Cold War World, by Dr. Samuel Kim.

North Korea's Military Threat: Pyongyang's Conventional Forces, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Ballistic Missiles, by Dr. Andrew Scobell and Captain John Sanford, USN.

Russian-American Security and Cooperation after St. Petersburg: Challenges and Opportunities, by Dr. Richard Weitz.

China's Nuclear Forces: Operations, Training, Doctrine, Command, Control, and Campaign Planning, by Dr. Larry Wortzel

News and Updates
Dr. Stephen Blank published ”The Naval Dimension of the New Great Game,” in World Defence Systems.

Mr. Steven Schrage, who is the Foreign Policy and Trade Director of the Romney for President Campaign, contacted COL Joseph Nunez regarding the regional cooperation ideas in COL Nunez's New York Times Op-Ed piece ("One NATO Is Not Enough") published on January 27, 2007.

Dr. Douglas Johnson participated in the "Global Climate Change: National Security Implications" colloquium conducted by the Strategic Studies Institute and the Triangle Institute of Security Studies in Chapel Hill, NC (March 30-31, 2007). News of the conference was picked up immediately by Le Monde which has already published a summary of some of the issues addressed. An SSI Colloquium Brief will be published shortly to be followed by refinement of the video-taped proceedings which will be available through the SSI website, and a compendium of papers some time later.

COL Greg Cusimano joined SSI as Director of Academic Engagement in March. He comes to SSI after commanding the 401st Army Field Support Brigade-Southwest Asia, Doha, Qatar. See his biographical summary for more information. He is replacing Dr. Dallas Owens, who will become the Chairman of the Art of War Department.


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