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New Publications
Project on National Security Reform - Vol. 2: Case Studies Working Group Report, by Dr. Richard Weitz. The case studies in this volume confirm that flawed responses recur in issue areas as diverse as biodefense, public diplomacy, and military intervention as well as across presidential administrations. The piecemeal national security organizational reforms enacted to date have not fostered improved policy outcomes or decisionmaking, while capability building, especially in the civilian national security agencies, remains less than optimal.

Delegitimizing Al-Qaeda: A Jihad-Realist Approach, by Dr. Paul Kamolnick. Preventing radicalization and recruitment to al-Qaeda's terrorism is vital to U.S. national security. This monograph suggests a distinct "jihad-realist" approach for partially accomplishing this elusive strategic objective.

Coming Soon
Conflict Management and "Whole of Government": Useful Tools for U.S. National Security Strategy? edited by Volker C. Franke and Robert H. Dorff

Tactical Nuclear Weapons and NATO, edited by Tom Nichols, Douglas Stuart, and Jeff McCausland

Disjointed Ways, Disunified Means: Learning from America's Struggle to Build an Afghan Nation, by Lewis G. Irwin

The Role of Small States in the Post-Cold War Era: The Case of Belarus, by Dmitry Shlapentokh

Drug Trafficking, Violence, and Instability, by Phil Williams and Vanda Felbab-Brown

Ambassador Stephen Krasner's Orienting Principle for Foreign Policy (and Military Management)—Responsible Sovereignty, by Max Manwaring

 
Monthly Op-Ed
Heading Toward the NATO Summit, by Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland.

Live Event Broadcast
The XXIII Annual U.S. Army War College Strategy Conference, "The Future of U.S. Grand Strategy in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities," will broadcast live streaming over the Internet. The stream will be available on the conference website. See the agenda for dates and times.

Upcoming Events
XXIII USAWC Annual Strategy Conference
The Future of U.S. Grand Strategy in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities
April 10-12, 2012 — Carlisle, PA

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On March 2, the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute and the Center for Strategic Leadership of the U.S. Army War College published Dr. Max Manwaring's article, "Gangs and Cartels in Coalition and Conflict: The Insurgency Phenomenon in Mexico" in The Hybrid Threat: Crime, Terrorism and Insurgency in Mexico (PDF). On March 13-14, Dr. Manwaring conducted three two-hour seminars at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. The student seminars were entitled "Epochal Change Facing the State and Conflict in the 21st Century." The faculty seminar was entitled "The Strategic Logic of the Contemporary Security Dilemma." Military Review taped the seminars for publication.

On March 12-16, COL Phillip Cuccia represented SSI and the U.S. Army War College for the U.S. Army Executive Steering Group (ESG) at the U.S.-India Army Staff talks held at the Indian Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). U.S. Army Pacific Commander, LTG Francis Wiercinski led the delegation and MG Anthony Cucolo led the ESG.

On March 8, Dr. John Deni published, "Does the Army Have a Mission?" on the New Atlanticist website.

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