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New Publications
Categorical Confusion? The Strategic Implications of Recognizing Challenges Either as Irregular or Traditional, by Dr. Colin S. Gray. "First, do no harm" is a golden rule for both medicine and strategic theory. Challenges to national security are simply challenges, they are neither irregular nor traditional.

Articles of Interest
Busting the Myths About the North Korea Problem, by Dr. David Lai

The Impact of Visual Images: Addendum, by Dr. Cori Dauber

Upcoming Events
Visual Propaganda and Online Radicalization
March 16, 2012 — Atlanta, GA

XXIII USAWC Annual Strategy Conference
The Future of U.S. Grand Strategy in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities
April 10-12, 2012 — Carlisle, PA
Online registration and the conference agenda are now live on the conference website. The conference panels are free to attend.

Opportunity
SSI is hiring a research professor of national security and military strategy. Please read our announcement and use the official posting on USAJobs to apply.

Coming Soon
Delegitimizing Al-Qaeda: A Jihad-Realist Approach, by Paul Kamolnick

Project on National Security Reform – Vol II: Case Studies Working Group Report, edited by Richard Weitz

Conflict Management and "Whole of Government": Useful Tools for U.S. National Security Strategy? edited by Volker C. Franke and Robert H. Dorff

Tactical Nuclear Weapons and NATO, edited by Tom Nichols, Douglas Stuart, and Jeff McCausland

Disjointed Ways, Disunified Means: Learning from America's Struggle to Build an Afghan Nation, by Lewis G. Irwin

 
Monthly Op-Ed
Zen and the Art of Social Selfishness, by COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr.

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In February, Dr. Andrew Terrill published two book reviews. His review of Jack O'Connell's, King's Council: A Memoir of War, Espionage, and Diplomacy, was published in the Winter 2012 edition of Middle East Journal. Dr. Terrill's review of Regime and Periphery in Northern Yemen: The Huthi Phenomenon by Barak A. Salmoni, Bryce Loidolt, and Madeleine Wells appeared in Parameters, Volume 41.

On February 20, Dr. Stephen Blank delivered a speech on Russia's approach to National and International Security to the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London. On February 22-24, Dr. Blank delivered a paper on Russian COIN Strategy in North Caucasus and Chechnya to the conference, "COIN - Past, Present and Future," held at the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Affairs, Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.

On February 18, SSI supported the National Bureau of Asian Research's workshop on the study of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) at the Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia.

On February 17, SSI, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), and the RAND Corporation officially released Chinese Lessons from Other Peoples' Wars at the RAND Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The most significant papers were briefed to Pacific Command senior leaders in February 2011.

On February 8, Dr. John Deni spoke at a roundtable, "America's Role in Shaping European Defense Reform," at the Egmont Institute (the Royal [Belgian] Institute for International Relations) in Brussels, Belgium.

On January 30, World Politics Review published Dr. Steven Metz's op-ed, "To Maintain U.S. Primacy, Standoff Power is not Enough."

On January 30, COL Louis Jordan was a panelist at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) discussing the opium trade problem in Afghanistan and its effects on the stability of the Afghan Government and about the future of Afghanistan after 2014.

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