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New Publications
Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter, edited by Robert Zarate and Henry Sokolski. Pioneers of nuclear-age policy analysis, Albert Wohlstetter (1913-1997) and Roberta Wohlstetter (1912-2007) emerged as two of America's most consequential, innovative and controversial strategists. Through the clarity of their thinking, the rigor of their research, and the persistence of their personalities, they were able to shape the views and aid the decisions of Democratic and Republican policy makers both during and after the Cold War. Although the Wohlstetters' strategic concepts and analytical methods continue to be highly influential, no book has brought together their most important published and unpublished essays--until now.

The Serpent in Our Garden: Al-Qa'ida and the Long War, by Colonel Brian Drinkwine. This Army War College student research paper examines methods to counter al-Qa'ida and new approaches to fighting terrorism. The author explores the group's organization, leaders, doctrine, and ideologies and provides recommendations for the development of a grand national strategy and an integrated long war campaign plan.

Japan's Decision for War in 1941: Some Enduring Lessons, by Dr.Jeffrey Record. The author analyzes Japan's decision for war in 1941, and concludes that it was dictated by Japanese pride and the threatened U.S. economic destruction of Japan. However, he finds that the road to war was built on American as well as Japanese miscalculations and that both sides suffered from cultural ignorance and racial arrogance. He concludes with relevant lessons for present national security decisionmakers.

Building Partner Capacity/Security Force Assistance: A New Structural Paradigm, by Colonel Scott G. Wuestner. This Letort Paper considers whether the U.S. Army has the proper force structure and minimal capability to fight and win the counterinsurgency of the future. The author develops a new structural paradigm to help the United States gain access, influence, and build capacity throughout this new world order.

Coming Soon
Kazakhstan's Defense Policy: An Assessment of the Trends, by Mr. Roger McDermott

Russia, China, and the United States in Central Asia: Prospects for Great Power Competition and Cooperation in the Shadow of the Georgian Crisis, by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick

Opportunities at SSI
The U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) seeks an expert on Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) security studies to join one of the most dynamic think tanks in the national security field and help shape U.S. national security policy. Check our website for more details.

Want a change of scenery? SSI is seeking a Visiting Research Professor for the 2009-2010 academic year with a possible one year renewal. Full details are online.

 
Monthly Op-Ed
Kiss the Embargo Goodbye, by COL G. Alex Crowther

Events
American Grand Strategy After War
February 27-28, 2009, Chapel Hill, NC

2009 Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium: The Context of Globalization
March 9-11, 2009, Miami, FL

20th Annual Strategy Conference "Strategic Implications of Current and Emerging Technologies"
April 14-16, 2009, Carlisle, PA
Register Today

At Home in the Americas: Canada, the United States, and Hemispheric Security
June 10-12, 2009, Kinston, Ontario, Canada

Strategy Conference
Strategic Implications of Current and Emerging Technologies conference registration is now open. Fee is $150.

While over the last decade a great deal of attention has been given to how information technologies are changing the strategic environment and shaping warfare, little has been mentioned about other revolutionary technologies, such as biotechnologies and nanotechnologies, in terms of their potential strategic impact. This conference will address that gap. Please see the conference website for the agenda, registration, and more.

News and Updates
Dr. Steven Metz' Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy was noted by Aviation Week as one of the best defense related books of 2008.

On January 29, Dr. Robin Dorff gave a plenary address entitled "Developing and Implementing National Security Strategy" to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) 2009 Next Generation of African Military Leaders program.

Dr. Max Manwaring's Insurgency, Terrorism and Crime: Shadows from the Past and Portents for the Future, was published by the University of Oklahoma Press on December 31, 2008.

Were the Iraq resconstruction efforts a success? A near failure? Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience is a new report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. It contains a comprehensive history, lessons for the future, and policy reform recommendations; and is a must-read.
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