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New Publications
Russian-American Security and Cooperation after St. Petersburg: Challenges and Opportunities, by Dr. Richard Weitz. Political relations between Russia and the United States have frayed. However, the author states that in some respects considerable progress has been made during President Putin’s tenure. He assesses the opportunities for further security cooperation between Russia and the United States and offers detailed policy suggestions in certain areas.

China’s Nuclear Forces: Operations, Training, Doctrine, Command, Control, and Campaign Planning, by Dr. Larry Wortzel. The author illuminates the operations, training, and doctrine of China’s strategic rocket forces, and discusses the viability of China’s “no-first-use” pledges in the age of precision weapons and stealth attack. The monograph provides new insights into why China’s leaders and military thinkers see the United States as a major potential threat.

Ukraine’s Military between East and West, by Dr. Marybeth Peterson Ulrich. Only recently has Ukraine’s national political and military leadership engaged in radical and comprehensive defense reform. The author suggests a framework focused on key areas needing reform, as well as key conditions that will facilitate achieving reform objectives. This monograph reveals Ukraine’s main strengths as well as obstacles limiting improvement of its military capabilities.

Strategic Competition and Resistance in the 21st Century: Irregular, Catastrophic, Traditional, and Hybrid Challenges in Context, by Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Freier. From the perspective of those developing the 2005 National Defense Strategy (of which the author was one), it was increasingly clear that the United States was more likely to “die by a thousand cuts” than it was to succumb to a peer opponent in a sudden traditional military reversal. The author concludes that DoD must compensate for the wider American government’s halting recognition of the environment’s fundamental transformation.

Rethinking Insurgency, by Dr. Steven Metz. The author argues that the renewed concern of the military and defense communities over insurgency has focused on the wrong thing: Cold War era nationalistic insurgencies rather than the complex conflicts that have characterized the post-Cold War security environment. Rethinking insurgency has profound implications for American strategy and military doctrine.

Coming Soon
The Reserve Policies of Nations: A Comparative Analysis, by Dr. Richard Weitz.

Negotiation in the New Strategic Environment: Lessons from Iraq, by Dr. David Tressler.

The Implications of Preemptive and Preventive War Doctrines: A Reconsideration, by Dr. Colin Gray.

Political Trends in the New Eastern Europe,
a combined study featuring:
Belarus and Russia: Comradeship-in-Arms in Preempting Democracy, by Dr. Vitali Silitski and Ukraine: Domestic Changes and Foreign Policy Reconfiguration, by Dr. Arkady Moshes.

 
Monthly Op-Ed
Treating Allies as Allies in the Arab World, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill.

Upcoming Events
2nd Annual North American Security Colloquium
June 26-28 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Download the invitation


News and Updates
Dr. Antulio Echevarria published a book entitled Imagining Future War: The West's Technological Revolution and Visions of Wars to Come in April with Praeger Security International.

Dr. Dallas Owens conducted interviews on May 29-31 with the leaders and soldiers of the 63rd Regional Readiness Command (RRC) in Los Alamitos, CA, the 304th Sustainment Brigade (SBDE) in Riverside, CA, and subordinate battalions of the 304th SBDE located in the Los Angeles area. Additional interviews were conducted on June 5-6 at the Mobilization Readiness Battalion and its subordinate companies at Fort Dix, NJ. The interviews are designed to gather longitudinal data for Dr. Owens' study, started in 2002, about the effects of continuous mobilization on the Army Reserve and National Guard.

In the beginning of June, Dr. Doug MacDonald and Dr. Doug Johnson hosted a visit by Dr. Albert Palazzo, Senior Research Fellow, Land Warfare Studies Center (LWSC), Australian Army. The visit included discussions with several SSI analysts and a Gettysburg Battlefield tour. Dr. Palazzo is hoping to form an electronic publishing partnership between SSI and LWSC.

From May 6-May 9, Dr. Andy Terrill participated in conference in Loutraki, Greece on "Military Trends in the Middle East." At the conference, Dr. Terrill served as the chair of a breakout group and presented the results of his group's analysis and recommendations to the plenary conference.

On June 5, Dr. Blank presented a lecture on Russian foreign policy to the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. State Department's educational institution.

Dr. Steve Metz's essay "Strategies for Asymmetric Threats to US National Security" has been published in the National Strategy Forum Review

Dr. Metz has agreed to co-edit a special issue of the Journal of Defence Studies. This issue, which will appear in 2008, will deal with counterinsurgency.



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