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Op-Ed: Conventional Arms Control and European Security

Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland The Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (often referred to as the CFE Treaty) was signed in Paris on November 19, 1990, between members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Warsaw Pact. At its signing, many analysts hailed it as “the cornerstone of European security,” and it …

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Colloquium Brief: American Society and Its Profession of Arms

Dr. Leonard Wong Conference Key Insights Whether it is the military-industrial complex, veterans resuming civilian lives, ROTC in colleges, or early childhood education, American society has always been, and continues to be deeply intertwined with the military profession. In many aspects concerning U.S. society and its military profession, panelists often agreed on the essence of …

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How Smart Economic Strategy Could Strengthen the Afghan Counterinsurgency

Dr. Leif Rosenberger Without question, the war in Afghanistan is a formidable challenge for the U.S. The success or failure of the counterinsurgency strategy that General Petraeus is implementing in Afghanistan will ultimately take years to determine. However, General Petraeus is absolutely correct on one critical point: there is no purely military solution in Afghanistan. …

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Is Tunisia Tipping?

Mr. Warren P. Gunderman From July 2007 to June 2010, I was the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché in Tunisia. For those 3 years, I daily had the opportunity to routinely interact with and get to know and understand the Tunisian government, its military, and most importantly, its people. For those who have lived …

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Coherence and Contrasts

COL (R) Charles D. Allen On November 18, 2010, two late night television shows provided fanfare for two men from different ends of the leadership spectrum. One man’s example epitomized tactical and direct-level leadership; the other was the definition of strategic leadership. To me, it came together while watching interviews that were less than 20 …

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Preventing Yemen from Becoming Fallujah

Dr. W. Andrew Terrill In the rapidly mutating world of international terrorist organizations, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has become one of the most serious threats facing the United States.  The recent AQAP attempt to use parcel bombs against U.S.-bound aircraft is only the most recent manifestation of this problem.   The Christmas 2009 attempted …

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Response to “America’s Flawed Afghanistan Strategy”

MAJ Peter A. Dvorscak Update: Steve Metz responds. Dr. Metz discusses many aspects of the Global War on Terror in his August 2010 SSI Newsletter Op-Ed, but intertwines subjects, such as the Taliban and al Qaeda, without putting the subjects in the proper perspective. He wrote, “Both the Bush and Obama strategies assume al Qaeda …

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Final Response to “America’s Flawed Afghanistan Strategy”

Dr. Steven Metz MAJ Dvorscak's thoughtful letter makes a number of important and powerful points. In some cases, I suspect that I simply expressed my idea poorly or was limited by time constraints in the extent to which I could explain them. On others, though, we'll agree to disagree. MAJ Dvorscak is exactly right that …

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