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New Research and Analysis
Nuclear Power's Global Expansion: Weighing Its Costs and Risks, edited by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski. Will the global spread of nuclear power programs, which could bring many more countries much closer to acquiring nuclear weapons capabilities, be an inevitable consequence of energy market economics? Or is such an expansion impossible without government subsidies and new policies to support them? This volume showcases the analyses of some of the world’s leading energy experts to shed light on this key 21st century security issue.

North Korea's Nuclear Question: Sense of Vulnerability, Defensive Motivation, and Peaceful Solution, by Dr. Kwang Ho Chun. Efforts to dismantle the North Korean nuclear program have failed thus far. What can be done to achieve a peaceful and long-lasting resolution to this issue?

Lessons Learned from U.S. Government Law Enforcement in International Operations, by Ms. Dilshika Jayamaha, Scott Brady, Ben Fitzgerald, and Jason Fritz. The authors investigate how the full range of law enforcement capabilities available to the U.S. Government has been applied in pursuit of U.S. strategic objectives in Panama, Colombia, and Kosovo. This analysis identifies a number of lessons to be learned about the use of such capabilities (in a holistic sense) in current and future international operations.

La Familia Drug Cartel: Implications for U.S.-Mexican Security, by Dr. George W. Grayson. While claiming to do the “Lord’s work,” the ruthless leaders of La Familia Michoacana have emerged as the dominant exporter of methamphetamines to the United States, even as they control scores of municipalities in Michoacán and neighboring states.

Coming Soon
2010 SSI Annual Strategy Conference Report “Defining War for the 21st Century,” by Steven Metz and LTC Philip Cuccia

The Conflicts in Yemen and U.S. National Security, by W. Andrew Terrill

The Role of Religion in National Security Policy Since 9/11, by Chaplain (COL) Jonathan E. Shaw

Civil-Military Relations in Medvedev’s Russia, edited by Stephen J. Blank

The European Campaign, Its Origins and Conduct, by Samuel J. Newland and Clayton K.S. Chun
 
Monthly Op-Ed
Predictions, Observations, and the Free Lunch, by COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr.

Of Interest
Coherence and Contrasts, by COL (R) Charles D. Allen.

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

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, April 5-7, 2011. The conference program, online registration, and details are all available on the American Society and Its Profession of Arms website.

Opportunities with SSI
SSI is hiring a Research Professor of National Security Studies. See the announcement on USAJOBS.

News & Resources
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On December 20, 2010, Dr. Jeffrey McCausland lectured on the future of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies in Tbilisi, Georgia.

On January 7, 2011, the Strategic Studies Institute hosted a visit by faculty, graduate students, international scholars, and foreign policy professionals from the 2011 National Security Institute, University of Delaware. Dr. Andrew Terrill gave a presentation on Middle East political issues and Dr. Leonard Wong gave a presentation on Army families.

On January 7, 2011, Dr. Steven Metz gave a presentation on the dynamics of "low boil insurgencies" at the RAND Corporation's Washington office.

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