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New Publications
Stability Operations and State-Building: Continuities and Contingencies, edited by Colonel Greg Kaufmann, USA-Ret. This report summarizes the results of a colloquium conducted by the Strategic Studies Institute and Austin Peay State University. The colloquium’s purpose was to identify principles and supporting policies of state-building that will enhance America’s ability to “win the peace” while stabilizing chaotic regions. The participants nominated six principles which they believe are capable of guiding future state-building activities.

Leadership and National Security Reform: The Next President’s Agenda, edited by Dr. Joseph Cerami, Dr. Robin Dorff, and Ms. Lisa Moorman. This colloquium report examines the conditions existing in the contemporary threat environment and how they may shape American security policy for the next presidential administration. Participants highlighted differing notions of national security and the difficulty of aligning and synchronizing competing visions and missions represented by various government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, military services, and Congress.

Slowing Military Change, by Dr. Zhivan Alach. The author of this monograph revises, reexamines, and reevaluates the contemporary military environment. He finds that the environment is a period of relative military stasis, of slow technological development, and of little novelty in broader issues. He concludes that this stasis affords us the time to examine the strategic environment more closely to ensure we truly understand its character.

Events
20th Annual Strategy Conference "Strategic Implications of Current and Emerging Technologies"
April 14-16, 2009, Carlisle, PA
Mark your calendars and look for details and a conference website coming in December.

 
Monthly Op-Ed
Living Perilously in a Bubble by Dr. Leonard Wong.

Coming Soon
Unity of Command in Afghanistan: A Forsaken Principle of War, by Colonel Ian Hope

Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development, by Nathan Freier

Regional Spillover Effects of the Iraq War, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill

Building Partner Capacity/Security Force Assistance: A New Structural Paradigm, by Colonel Scott Wuestner

U.S. Policy toward Peace Operations and Peacekeeping Capacity-building in Africa, by Eric Berman

News and Updates
On October 23-26, Dr. Robin Dorff chaired and presented at a Roundtable on Terrorism and Homeland Security at the Annual Meeting of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. His paper was entitled "Leadership and National Security Reform: Learning from Failed States."

On October 14, Dr. Echevarria gave a lunch address on "Wars of Ideas and the War of Ideas" at the 2008 Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) Seminar Series on Stability Operations, which was hosted at the National Defense University. The seminar was attended by about 200 uniformed military and defense community personnel, and the presentation was well-received.
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