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Kuwaiti National Security and the U.S.-Kuwaiti Strategic Relationship after Saddam, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill. The author provides a comprehensive examination of Kuwait defense and security issues including a consideration of the importance of the current security relationship with the United States. He concludes that strengthening relations may become vital if setbacks in Iraq eventually prompt a U.S. withdrawal under less than optimal conditions.

The Reserve Policies of Nations: A Comparative Analysis, by Dr. Richard Weitz. The author provides a comprehensive assessment of issues and developments affecting the reserve policies of the world's leading military powers: Australia, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan and Russia. Inevitable continued U.S. engagement with these countries means that their changing policies are very relevant to defense planners.

China's Expansion into and U.S. Withdrawal from Argentina's Telecommunications and Space Industries and the Implications for U.S. National Security, by Ms. Janie Hulse. The author sees China pursuing a policy of investment in Latin American telecommunications and space industries, while U.S. attention has been diverted elsewhere. She contends that globalization, advances in information technology, and China's increased capacity and interest in information warfare are making the United States particularly vulnerable.

ASEAN and Its Security Offspring: Facing New Challenges, by Dr. Sheldon Simon. The author sees ASEAN pursuing an engagement strategy that brings the great powers into Southeast Asia's political and economic discussions--an unwieldy arrangement. For the United States, ASEAN-dominated organizations have taken second place to bilateral ties, especially with Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. He contends that U.S. multilateral security ties must take a more active ASEAN into account.

The Emerging Pattern of Geopolitics, by Mr. Peter Rodman. The author sets contemporary security challenges to the United States within a framework of both an Islamist challenge rising form the Jihadi movement across the Muslim world that mostly finds its expression in terrorism, and in the rise and decline of great powers. This was the keynote address of the Army War College 2007 Strategy Conference.

Egypt: Security, Political and Islamist Challenges, by Dr. Sherifa Zuhur. This monograph considers three issues in contemporary Egypt: failures of governance and political development; the continued strength of Islamism; and counterterrorism. After analyzing each of these issues, the author makes observations and recommendations for the future.

Turkmenistan and Central Asia after Niyazov, by Dr. Stephen Blank. The author discusses the linkage between energy and security policies in Central Asia and in the policies of the major powers towards that region. He concludes with recommendations as to how U.S. policymakers should approach this complex situation.

American Grand Strategy for Latin America in the Age of Resentment, by Dr. Gabriel Marcella. The author argues that a new American grand strategy for Latin America is imperative. It must address two challenges simultaneously: strengthening the effectiveness of the democratic state, and enhancing the dignity of the socially excluded. Without this strategy, Latin American countries will be poor security partners and continuing menaces for international security.

 
Monthly Op-Ed
The Summit: Mirage or Milestone? by Dr. Sherifa D. Zuhur.

Coming Soon
The United States and ASEAN-China Relations: All Quiet on the Southeast Asian Front, by Dr. Ian Storey.

The Eastern Dimension of America's New European Allies, by Mr. Janusz Bugajski.

A Combined Study: EAST ASIAN SECURITY: TWO VIEWS—The Security Challenges in Northeast Asia: A Chinese View, by Dr. Chu Shulong; and Security Challenges to the United States in Northeast Asia: Looking beyond the Transformation of the Six-Party Talks, by Dr. Gilbert Rozman

Force and Restraint in Strategic Deterrence: A Game-Theorist's Perspective, by Dr. Roger Myerson.

Upcoming Events
COIN of the Realm: The Questions Surrounding Counterinsurgency
October 22, 2007 - Washington, DC

XIX Annual Strategy Conference: "Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power"
April 8-10, 2008 - Carlisle, PA
Registration for this event will open in January.

Of Interest
Examining Brazil from Within, by Dr. Max Manwaring

News and Updates
Dr. Steven Metz published "Restructuring America's Ground Forces: Better, Not Bigger," a Stanley Foundation Policy Analysis Brief. Written in conjuction with Frank Hoffman, this report is available online (.mil access is blocked by CONUS to the Stanley Foundation).

Dr. Antulio Echevarria presented a paper on "The Enduring Elements of Military Strategy" at the annual Global Strategy Review of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) held from September 7-9, 2007.

On September 29, the Qatari newspaper The Peninsula published an article summarizing and discussing Dr. Andrew Terrill's recent monograph on Kuwait.

During the week of September 17, Dr. Robin Dorff was hosted by the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) where he delivered an address entitled "Bridging the Civilian-Military Gap: Getting Security and Development Strategy 'Right' for the 21st Century." Dr. Dorff met with members of the BICC staff and other representatives of the international NGO community to discuss the 2008 USAWC Strategy Conference and its focus on "Rebalancing the National Instruments of Power," and ongoing research on post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, and the security and development nexus.
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