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16 Publications Found in 2017

Added April 21, 2017
Type: Monograph
Social Media—The Vital Ground: Can We Hold It?
Authored by Ian Tunnicliffe, Dr. Steve Tatham.
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Social media may barely be 12 years old, but it has had a dramatic effect on the way that a military does its business. However, just how well equipped is the United States for social media engagement? This Letort Paper provides an overview of what social media is, or is not, and how it may be more efficiently harnessed by the U.S. Army.
Added April 11, 2017
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Strategic Questions Loom Large for President Trump in the Middle East
Authored by Dr. Christopher J. Bolan.
Added April 04, 2017
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Getting Comfortable with Conflicting Ideas
Authored by Prof. William G. Braun, III.
Added April 03, 2017
Type: Letort Papers
Antiquities Destruction and Illicit Sales as Sources of ISIS Funding and Propaganda
Authored by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill.
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The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has moved to destroy or loot world heritage sites throughout the area under its control. While this effort is usually understood as a towering crime against art and culture, the strategic and military implications of comprehensive antiquities looting and ISIS propaganda about antiquities are also important and are considered throughout this Letort Paper. In particular, funding from the illicit sales of antiquities (and high quality fakes) is increasingly important to ISIS's survival and effectiveness as other sources of revenue are disrupted or eliminated.
Added March 22, 2017
Type: Monograph
Project 1721: A U.S. Army War College Assessment on Russian Strategy in Eastern Europe and Recommendations on How to Leverage Landpower to Maintain the Peace
Edited by Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano.
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Russia changed the strategic calculus in Europe with the 2014 Russian seizure of Crimea and its ongoing war against Ukraine. Compounding the dilemma of an aggressive Moscow is the application of ambiguity to create a cloak of uncertainty that prevents a decisive response to counter its destabilizing activities. However, this application of ambiguity is easily defeated, if the United States together with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are willing to take action now to deter further Russian aggression.
Added March 13, 2017
Type: Monograph
Indian and Chinese Engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Assessment
Authored by Dr. R. Evan Ellis.
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This monograph compares Chinese and Indian activities in Latin America and the Caribbean with respect to diplomatic and military engagement and commerce. It finds that Indian engagement with the region is significantly less than that of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and is concentrated in a narrower subset of countries and sectors, yet the nature of Indian engagement with the region creates opportunities for significant advances in the future.
Added March 09, 2017
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Is the European Union Really That Important to U.S. Security Interests?
Authored by Dr. John R. Deni.
Added March 07, 2017
Type: Letort Papers
China's Interests and Goals in the Arctic: Implications for the United States
Authored by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick.
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As China becomes a global power, it is turning its attention to the Arctic. This Letort Paper examines the geopolitical implications of China’s growing involvement in the Arctic for U.S. interests.
Added February 23, 2017
Type: Monograph
The North Caucasus Insurgency: Dead or Alive?
Authored by Dr. Emil Aslan Souleimanov.
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Combining analysis of the structural and up-to-date sources of the ongoing insurgency in Russia's North Caucasus, this monograph illustrates that despite their substantial weakening in the recent years, locally operating Salafi-jihadist groups are still alive and likely to remain so in the years to come. The monograph also emphasizes the salience of the local socio-cultural codes—retaliation, hospitality, and silence—that have provided, harsh reprisals notwithstanding, for pro-insurgent violent mobilization and local support.
Added February 07, 2017
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Reimagining U.S. Foreign Assistance in the Middle East
Authored by Dr. Christopher J. Bolan.
Added February 06, 2017
Type: Book
The Al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization: History, Doctrine, Modus Operandi, and U.S. Policy to Degrade and Defeat Terrorism Conducted in the Name of Sunni Islam
Authored by Dr. Paul Kamolnick.
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The al-Qaeda Organization (AQO) and Islamic State Organization (ISO) share an aspiration to re-establish a global Sunni imperium, yet are qualitatively distinct species of transnational terrorist entities. Fully comprehending their unique histories, doctrines, modus operandi, and critical vulnerabilities will greatly assist formulating more effective policy and strategy to expedite their degradation, defeat, and destruction.
Added January 25, 2017
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Unlearned Lessons and the Dual-System Problem
Authored by Dr. Robert D. Lamb.
Added January 24, 2017
Type: Letort Papers
Prospects for the Rule of Law in Cyberspace
Authored by Mr. Keir Giles.
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This Letort Paper surveys moves toward establishing international norms and rule of law in cyberspace, and the potential for establishing further internationally agreed upon standards of behavior. It highlights opposing views on the nature of legality in cyberspace; and how and where those views are gaining global support. The survey shows that despite long-term campaigns for new binding international treaties, at present bilateral confidence building agreements and commercial interaction are the strongest drivers for norms building.
Added January 17, 2017
Type: Letort Papers
Emerging Powers and Future Threats: Implications for the U.S. and Global Defense Industry
Authored by Dr. Terrence R. Guay.
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This Letort Paper examines the defense industrial bases of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS), and Turkey, and the economic, political, and social factors that will influence their development in the coming years. In light of events in these countries and the structure of the global arms production and trade, four recommendations are made to maintain the national security interests of the United States.
Added January 09, 2017
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Syria Safe Zones
Authored by Dr. Azeem Ibrahim.

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