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New Publications
Transnational Insurgencies and the Escalation of Regional Conflict: Lessons for Iraq and Afghanistan by Dr Idean Salehyan. Transnational insurgencies complicate traditional counterinsurgency operations in significant ways and can lead to conflict between states. This monograph examines several transnational militant groups, assesses the prospects for conflict and cooperation over cross-border violence, and discusses current issues facing Iraq and Afghanistan.

Accessing Talent: The Foundation of a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy by Colonel Casey Wardynski, Major David S. Lyle, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael J. Colarusso. Organizations often focus their recruiting efforts on high-payoff markets--how does the Army identify the right market in which to focus its officer accessions efforts? What role does education play in officer accessions? How does the Army identify and go about meeting its officer diversity requirements? Why is establishing the proper ratio between commissioning sources so important?

Do Oil Exports Fuel Defense Spending? by Dr. Clayton K S Chun. Rising oil prices facilitate the acquisition of greater resources and perhaps economic development. But oil revenues can also drive a government to finance massive military equipment purchases like Saudi Arabia did in 1979. The nature of governments that rely on raw material extraction and long-term development of military programs may affect how their current and future spending occurs regardless of oil prices. How nations decide to use their national wealth helps explain some of the perennial problems facing oil and commodity exporting nations and provides insights into their relations with other countries.

Coming Soon
Decision Making in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: Removing Saddam Hussein by Force, by Dr. Steven Metz

Synchronizing U.S. Government Efforts Toward Collaborative Health Care Policy Making in Iraq, by LTC Thomas S. Bundt

Lashkar-I-Taiba: The Fallacy of Subservient Proxies and the Future of Islamist Terrorism in India, by Ryan Clarke

Shades of CORDS in the Kush: The False Hope of “Unity of Effort” in American Counterinsurgency, by Henry Nuzum

Human Intelligence (HUMINT): All Humans, All Minds, All the Time, by Robert D. Steele

Thinking about Nuclear Power in Post-Saddam Iraq, by Norman Cigar

The Construction of Liberal Democracy: The Role of Civil-Military Institutions in State and Nation Building in West Germany and South Africa, by Jack J. Porter

The State-Owned Enterprise as a Vehicle for Stability, by Neil Efird

Criminal Sovereignty: Understanding North Korea’s Illicit International Activities, by Paul Rexton Kan, Bruce E. Bechtol Jr., and Robert M. Collins
 
Monthly Op-Ed
Foreign Policy Continuity: War Finds Us
by Mr. Lawrence Kaplan.

What is War?
The 2010 US Army War College Strategy Conference, "Defining War for the 21st Century," brings together the world's foremost experts to examine this critical issue of the post-September 11 world. See the conference website for the tentative agenda and other information. Registration is now online.

Events
Virtual Conference: The Future of the U.S. Army Officer Corps
The Vice Chief of Staff of the Army needs you in the discussion on developing an officer corps strategy.
Accessing Talent: February 22 - March 28, 2010
Developing Talent: March 29 - May 2, 2010

Annual Strategy Conference: Defining War for the 21st Century
April 6-8, 2010 - Carlisle, PA

Forging a US-Brazil Strategic Partnership
Tentative: April 15, 2010 - Washington, DC

2010: Preparing for a Mid-Term Assessment of Leadership and National Security Reform in the Obama Administration
April 22, 2010 - Washington, DC

Brazil's New Security Strategy and Defense Doctrine
(Moved from March 11) May 13, 2010 - Washington, DC

2010 Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium
May 25-26, 2010 - Miami, FL

Security and Governance: Foundations for International Stability
June 21-23, 2010 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada

News
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Dr. Steven Metz published "Unruly Clients: The Trouble with Allies" in the March/April 2010 World Affairs. Dr. Metz is now on twitter @DrSteveMetz.

Dr. Stephen Blank published “Vietnam is Russia's Biggest Arms Customer,” in Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vol. 7, Issue 22, February 2, 2010. Dr. Blank published “European Proposal on Tactical Nuclear Weapons Highlights Russian Nuclear Dilemmas,” in Eurasia Daily Monitor Vol. 7, Issue 33, February 18, 2010. Dr. Blank published “The Strategic Implications of the Turkmenistan-China Pipeline,” in China Brief, Vol. 10, Issue 3, February 4, 2010. Dr. Steve Blank published, “Misreading Russia: The Washington Consensus Strikes Out Again,” in Asia Policy, No. 9, January 2010, pp. 143-147.

Throughout February and into March, Dr. Leonard Wong is briefing various DoD organizations on findings from the SSI study he co-authored with Dr. Steven Gerras, "The Effects of Multiple Deployments on Army Adolescents."

February 18-21, 2010, Dr. Antulio Echevarria and Dr. John Dabrowski conferred with participants at the Annual International Studies Association Conference in New Orleans. Dr. Echevarria presented a paper critiquing the theories of 4th, 5th, and 6th Generation Warfare.

March 3-5, 2010, Dr. James Pierce was a panel participant of the TRADOC Unified Quest - 2010, Army Leader Development Seminar and he provided a paper titled: Is the U.S. Army Culture Congruent with the Professional Development of its Senior Level Officer Corps?
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