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New Publications
Guide to Rebuilding Governance in Stability Operations: A Role for the Military? by Derick W. Brinkerhoff, Ronald W. Johnson, and Richard Hill. This PKSOI Paper is designed to further U.S. military understanding of the critical nation-state building role that U.S. forces play during stability operations. The authors examine an intervening force's contribution to creating a functional state that can deliver services effectively, is responsive and accountable to its citizens, and is capable of assuring security. The discussion summarizes key issues, trade-offs, and options for military strategists and planners that relate to the restoration and rebuilding of government in the context of full spectrum operations.

New Partnerships for a New Era: Enhancing the South African Army's Stabilization Role in Africa, by Dr. Deane-Peter Baker. Recent political changes in both the United States and South Africa have opened a new window of opportunity for developing a productive partnership. This monograph outlines helpful ways in which the United States can contribute to the SA Army's forward planning process so as to help optimize South Africa's potential contribution to the emergence of a peaceful and stable Africa.

Arrowhead Ripper: Adaptive Leadership in Full Spectrum Operations, by Colonel Fred Johnson. This Carlisle Paper addresses the question of whether the Army has the proper structure and training to perform full spectrum operations. The author reports that 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) effectively operated as a "full spectrum force" during Operation ARROWHEAD RIPPER in Baqubah, Iraq, in 2007. The brigade commander, providing adaptive leadership, organized the SBCT to conduct simultaneous kinetic and nonkinetic operations, and to leverage the Iraqi military, local leaders, and Iraqi systems already in place to defeat al-Qaeda and stabilize the city.

China's Strategic Culture: A Perspective for the United States, by Colonel Kenneth Johnson. This Carlisle Paper illustrates the key characteristics of China's culture-—philosophy, history, and domestic factors--that structure the strategic objectives of its foreign policy. These characteristics explain how China's strategic interests are defined by its pragmatic nationalism, its drive for modernization, its desire for a more prominent role in the Asian and world communities. The author's concluding analysis of the implications of China's strategic culture offers recommendations for U.S. national security policy.

On Peace: Peace as a Means of Statecraft, by Colonel James Herrera. This Carlisle Paper contends that peace has a pragmatic quality and the potential to be a separate element of statecraft, not simply the absence, termination, or continuation of war. The author's research reveals that a complex, paradigmatic change in statecraft must occur to employ peace as a "shaping" and sustaining action. He concludes that further inquiry is required to understand fully the potential of peace as a tool, one similar to "soft power."

 
Monthly Op-Ed
Pakistan - The Most Dangerous Place in the World, by Dr. Larry P. Goodson

Research Opportunities
The window for submitting research contract proposals is now open. Please read about our External Research Associates Program (ERAP) to learn more.

News and Updates
After serving 38 years as an Army civilian and specifically 35 years for SSI, Marianne P. Cowling, Publications Director and Editor, retired on July 2nd. SSI commends her service and wishes her the best in her retirement.

Dr. Steven Metz has joined the National Journal's National Security Expert Blogs. Dr. Metz' essay "Destroy the Taliban's Sanctuary" appeared in Joint Force Quarterly.

Dr. Antulio Echevarria presented a paper on "US Military Theory from Desert Storm to 9-11" at the Olso National Defense College on June 24. The paper will be published in a special volume by The Journal of Strategic Studies.

On June 23, Dr. Stephen Blank addressed a conference on arms control in McLean, VA organized by the Science Applications International Corporation. The following day, Dr. Blank addressed the Open Society Institute in Washington, DC on security in Central Asia.

The Carlisle Barracks Banner Online wrote an article about the proceedings from the "At Home in the Americas: Canada, the United States, and Hemispheric Security" colloquium that took place in Kingston, Ontario from June 10-12.

From July 1, 2009 until January 2, 2010, Dr. Andrew Terrill will be on sabbatical leave completing a book on Jordan for the Praeger Global Security Watch series. The book will be entitled Global Security Watch Jordan: A Reference Handbook.

COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr. passes the SSI deputy director baton back to COL William Braun as COL Jordan prepares for deployment to theater and COL Braun returns.

COL (R) John R. Martin joins the Strategic Research and Analysis department. Professor Martin was previously the Deputy Director of SSI and has been adjunct faculty for the past year.

COL John Dabrowski gave a presentation entitled "Under the Black Flag: William Clarke Quantrill and the Guerrilla War in the West," at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, PA on June 29.

Coming Soon
Criminals, Militias, and Insurgents: Organized Crime in Iraq, by Dr. Phil Williams

Toward a Risk Management Defense Strategy, by Nathan Freier

Russian Elite Image of Iran: From Late Soviet Era to Present, by Dr. Dmitry Shlapentokh

Mind Sets and Missiles: A First Hand Account of the Cuban Missile Crisis, by Kenneth Michael Absher

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