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New Research and Analysis
Operation EUFOR TCHAD/RCA and the EU's Common Security and Defense Policy, by Bjoern H. Seibert. In the post-September 11, 2001, security environment, the United States faces a complex combination of threats from state to nonstate actors, many with regional or even global reach. Weak and fragile states have become a U.S. security challenge because they provide breeding grounds for terrorism, weapons proliferation, and trafficking in humans and narcotics. How does the U.S. propose to answer this challenge?

Some of the Best Weapons for Counterinsurgents Do Not Shoot, by Eric T. Olson. Reconstruction, defined in U.S. Army Field Manual 3-07 as “the process of rebuilding degraded, damaged, or destroyed political, socioeconomic, and physical infrastructure of a country or territory to create the foundation for long-term development” has leapt to the forefront of Army priorities, measured by the important role that it plays in today’s counterinsurgency operations and its prominence in the latest doctrine. This paper examines the history of reconstruction as a part of Army operations, assesses the capabilities of today’s forces to conduct successful reconstruction operations in support of a counterinsurgency campaign, and makes recommendations to build a capability that is commensurate with the demands of our doctrine and the imperatives of the modern battlefield.

Coming Soon
Deciding to Buy: Civil-Military Relations and Major Weapons Programs, by Quentin E. Hodgson

Russia's Prospects in Asia, edited by Stephen J. Blank

La Familia Drug Cartel: Implications for U.S-Mexican Security, by George W. Grayson

The Conflicts in Yemen and U.S. National Security, by W. Andrew Terrill

Civil-Military Relations in Medvedev’s Russia, edited by Stephen J. Blank

Lessons Learned from U.S. Government Law Enforcement in International Operations, by Dilshika Jayamaha, Scott Brady, Ben Fitzgerald, and Jason Fritz

Cyber Infrastructure Protection, edited by Tarek N. Saadawi and COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr.

Nuclear Power's Global Expansion: Weighing Its Costs and Risks, edited by Henry D. Sokolski

The European Campaign, Its Origins and Conduct, by Samuel J. Newland and Clayton K.S. Chun

 
Monthly Op-Ed
America's Most Committed Muslim Ally, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill


Breaking News Commentary
Preventing Yemen from Becoming Fallujah, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill

Events
Is Mexico in Danger of Becoming a Failed State?
December 9, 2010 - Kennesaw, GA

Conflict Management: A Tool for U.S. National Security Strategy
February 24-25, 2011 - Kennesaw, GA

Post-heroic Warfare
March 22-23, 2011 - Oxford, United Kingdom

22nd Annual Strategy Conference
American Society and Its Profession of Arms

April 5-7, 2011 - Carlisle, PA
The conference website is now online!

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On October 21, Dr. Leonard Wong gave a presentation concerning the effects of multiple deployments on Army adolescents to the Pre-Command Course at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

On October 14-16, Dr. Antulio Echevarria attended the International Studies Association conference in Providence, RI. On October 20-28, Dr. Echevarria conducted a research visit to the United Kingdom, and co-taught a graduate seminar on strategic culture at Oxford University.

On October 22, Dr. Stephen Blank spoke at the annual conference of the Korea Economic Institute on Russian policy in Korea. On October 25, The Huffington Post published Dr. Blank's article "Is Russia Riding to BP's Rescue?" On November 1, Dr. Blank spoke at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies the Great Game in Central Asia.

On October 25, Dr. Manwaring served as a panel member for a colloquium entitled “The Law Enforcement Challenge in Police Capacity Building” held at the Center for Complex Operations of the National Defense University. His presentation was entitled “Security, Stability, and Sovereignty Challenges of the Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO)-Gang Phenomenon.”

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