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Research and Analysis
Hard Power and Soft Power: The Utility of Military Force as an Instrument of Policy in the 21st Century, by Dr. Colin S. Gray. Hard and soft power is subjected to close critical scrutiny. The author finds the latter is significantly misunderstood and therefore misassessed as a substitute for the former, the threat or use of military force.

Russian Military Politics and Russia's 2010 Defense Doctrine, edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank. These three papers illuminate the political struggles among the government and the military in Russia to forge a new defense doctrine and ultimately the 2010 doctrine itself. No analysis of Russian defense or security policy is complete without the understanding and analysis provided here.

Resolving Ethical Challenges in an Era of Persistent Conflict, by Colonel Tony Pfaff. In this provocative monograph, COL Tony Pfaff argues that the challenges of combating irregular threats have fundamentally challenged the traditional “ethics of war,” and he offers a number of measures and policies that the Army must adopt if it is to not only successfully, but ethically, respond to these challenges.

An Evaluation of Counterinsurgency as a Strategy for Fighting the Long War, by LTC Baucum Fulk. Counterterrorism, support to insurgency, and antiterrorism are each both efficient and sustainable from a military and economic perspective, and each have inherent political concerns, hazards, or constraints. The author maintains that an overall strategy combining counterterrorism and antiterrorism is the best means of employing military forces to counter violent extremism.

A Colloquium on U.S. National Security Policy, Military Strategy: Understanding the Environment for Contemporary Warfare, by Dr. Steve Maxner, Dr. Dennis Patterson, and Mr. Dave Lewis. No problem facing the United States is more important than national security, and no institution is more involved and more affected by this problem than the U.S. military, the U.S. Army in particular. The purpose of this collaboration is to begin a dialogue that can help bridge the gap between two worlds, one where senior U.S. military officers are educated and the other where scholars work on problems that relate to the causes and conduct of war.

Other People's Wars: PLA Lessons from Foreign Conflicts, by Mr. Daniel Alderman and Mr. Joe Narus. The 2010 annual People's Liberation Army (PLA) Conference discussed ways to better understand how the PLA may seek to utilize its newly acquired capabilities by asking the question, “What lessons does the PLA appear to have drawn from the conflicts of others, and what might the focus and content of those lessons reveal about modern PLA tactics, doctrines, and intentions?”

Articles of Interest
Army Strong--Really? by COL (R) Charles D. Allen

Coming Soon
Improvised Explosive Devices in Iraq, 2003-2009: A Case of Operational Surprise and Institutional Response, by Andrew Smith

Central Asian Security Trends, Views from Europe and Russia, edited by Stephen J. Blank

The Military's Role in Counterterrorism: Examples and Implications for Liberal Democracies, by Geraint Hughes

The Russian Military and the Georgia War: Lessons and Implications, by Ariel Cohen and Col. Robert E. Hamilton

Cyber Infrastructure Protection, edited by Tarek N. Saadawi and COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr.

The European Campaign, Its Origins and Conduct, by Samuel J. Newland and Clayton K.S. Chun

 
Monthly Op-Ed
Junior Leader Professional Development--Who Has the Time? by Dr. Steven Metz

Upcoming Events
Transforming Public Security in the Americas
May 8-10, 2011 - Washington, DC

Cyber Infrastructure Protection 2011 Conference (CIP11)
June 8-9, 2011 - New York, NY

The Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Resources, and Security
June 13-15, 2011 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada

News & Resources
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On March 13-16, Dr. Andrew Terrill attended the Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation’s 26th workshop, “Workshop on Arms Control and Security in the Middle East,” held in Athens, Greece. Dr. Terrill gave a presentation entitled "Thinking Strategically About Yemen.” On April 6, Reuters cited Dr. Terrill extensively in, "Assad holds Syrian army despite Sunni Alawite divide.” On April 7, Dr. Terrill gave a presentation on Libya and Yemen as part of a panel discussion, “Uprisings and Interventions in the Arab World,” at Dickinson College’s Clarke Center. On March 23, Daniel Gerlach interview Dr. Terrill for and article, “Amerika kann im Jemen keinen Machtwechsel Inszenieren,” in ZenithOnline. On April 11, BusinessWeek interviewed and cited Dr. Terrill in "Libya Rebels Spurn African Cease-Fire Plan Without Qaddafi Exit" and "Qaddafi Accepts Mediators 'Road Map' to Cease-Fire, Reports Say."

On March 15-18, SSI participated in the 2011 International Studies Association (ISA) Conference in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Antulio Echevarria participated in a panel on professional military education and another panel on counterinsurgency theory and doctrine. LTC Ernest Szabo engaged participants stopping at SSI's booth in the main exhibition hall.

On March 22-23, SSI partnered with the University of Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War to conduct a conference, "Post-heroic Warfare." Dr. Antulio Echevarria gave a presentation, "Redefining Standoff Warfare: Efforts and Implications."

On March 24, Dr. David Lai gave a presentation, "U.S.-China Relations and the Chinese Way of War," to the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command's "Spring 2011 Commanders Conference."

On March 25, the Infinity Journal published Dr. Antulio Echevarria's article, "Reconsidering the Logic and Grammar of War," in its Spring 2011 issue (free subscription required to access).

On April 1, Dr. Dallas Owens represented SSI as one of the invited senior leader discussion participants at the Unified Quest Homeland Operations Wargame held at the Booz Allen Hamilton Conference Center in McLean, VA.

On April 5-7, SSI held the U.S. Army War College's XXII Annual Strategy Conference, "American Society and Its Profession of Arms," at Carlisle Barracks. The conference hosted 210 guests and speakers. The opening keynote speaker was Mr. Greg Mortenson, author and philanthropist, and the closing keynote speaker was LTG John Sterling, acting Commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Videos of the conference will be posted to the Army War College YouTube channel soon. For notification, check the newsletter next month or join us on facebook.

On April 6, Dr. Steven Metz gave a presentation entitled "America's Flawed Assumptions in Counterinsurgency" to the Buffet Center Working Group on Security Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
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