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Research and Analysis
2010 SSI Annual Strategy Conference Report "Defining War for the 21st Century," by Dr. Steven Metz and LTC Phillip R. Cuccia. The XXI Annual U.S. Army War College Strategy Conference convened many of the world's top experts to assess and debate the definition of war and the strategic implications of how it is defined.

The Conflicts in Yemen and U.S. National Security, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill. Yemen is not currently a failed state, but it is experiencing huge political and economic problems that can have a direct impact on U.S. interests in the region. More recently, Yemen has also emerged as one of the most important theaters for the struggle against al-Qaeda. Under these circumstances, advancing U.S. interests by helping the Yemenis is a major foreign policy challenge that must be addressed by U.S. strategic leaders.

Civil-Military Relations in Medvedev's Russia, edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank. To what degree should we take Russia seriously as an important actor in Asia? Taken from an SSI conference in January 2010, these three chapters actively debate the prospects for Russia as it makes its way in an increasingly complex Asian environment characterized by China’s rising power and multiple threats deriving from that process, proliferation in Korea, and the Taiwan issue.

The Role of Religion in National Security Policy Since 9/11, by Chaplain (COL) Jonathan E. Shaw. Is it possible to wage war against radical Muslim terrorists if your national security policy does not consider religion as power which motivates terrorist behavior? Yes, but you risk being ineffective or inefficient, or both.

Articles of Interest
Is Tunisia Tipping? by Warren P. Gunderman.

How Smart Economic Strategy Could Strengthen the Afghan Counterinsurgency, by Dr. Leif Rosenberger.

Coming Soon
A Continuation of Politics by Other Means: The “Politics” of a Peacekeeping Mission in Cambodia (1992-93), by Boraden Nhem

Civilian Skills for African Military Officers to Resolve the Infrastructure, Economic Development, and Stability Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa, by Diane E. Chido

Reforming Military Command Arrangements: The Case of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force, by Henrik Bliddal

Russian Military Politics and Russia's 2010 Defense Doctrine, by Stephen J. Blank, ed.

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



 
Monthly Op-Ed
What if They Threw a War and…, by Lawrence Kaplan.

Upcoming Events
Conflict Management: A Tool for U.S. National Security Strategy
February 24-25, 2011 - Kennesaw, GA

The Energy and Security Nexus: A Strategic Dilemma
March 3-4, 2011 - Raleigh, NC

Post-heroic Warfare
March 22-23, 2011 - Oxford, United Kingdom

22nd Annual Strategy Conference
American Society and Its Profession of Arms

April 5-7, 2011 - Carlisle, PA
The conference website is now online.

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

Conference Invitation
America and Its Profession of Arms: Is the Relationship Healthy? You are invited to be among hundreds of other participants debating this topic at the U.S. Army War College's XXII Annual Strategy Conference on April 5-7, 2011. The conference program, online registration, and details are all available on the American Society and Its Profession of Arms conference website.

News & Resources
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On January 31, Dr. David Lai gave a presentation on U.S.-China relations and the Chinese way of war to the Australian Defense College. On February 14-15, Professor Douglas Lovelace and Dr. Lai spoke at the "PLA Conference--Pacific 2011: PLA Lessons Learned from Foreign Combat Operations," conducted by the U.S. Pacific Command, National Bureau of Asian Research, and the Strategic Studies Institute.

On February 2, Dr. Stephen Blank published “Russia’s Navy Muscles Up and Looks East” in Eurasia Daily Monitor. On February 3, Dr. Blank published ”Russia and the Six-Party Process in Korea (PDF)” in Tomorrow’s Northeast Asia edited by the Korea Economic Institute.

On February 2, The Sentinel interviewed Dr. Andrew Terrill for the article “War College Professor: Likely that Mubarak will have to go.” Welle On Line also cited Dr. Terrill on the same day in “Mubarak und Ägyptens stählerner Machtapparat,” by Daniel Gerlach. On February 3, Dr. Terrill participated in an interview on Yemen for the National Public Radio show "The Takeaway" (full audio). On February 8, Dr. Terrill gave a presentation on Yemen and Jordan as part of a panel discussion on “People Power in the Middle East” at Dickinson College’s Clarke Forum (full audio).

On February 10, Dr. Steve Metz participated on the Senior Leader Panel at the Unified Quest Combined Arms Maneuver and Wide Area Security War Game.

On February 10, Dr. James Pierce gave a presentation based on his SSI publication on U.S. Army organizational culture to the U.S. Army Special Forces Warrant Officer Advanced Course.


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