Colloquium Brief

A Colloquium on U.S. National Security Policy, Military Strategy: Understanding the Environment for Contemporary Warfare

Author: Mr Dave Lewis, Dr Steve Maxner, Dr Dennis Patterson Key Insights from this colloquium are: • Establishing and continuing a collaborative dialogue between traditional academic institutions and disciplines and the nation’s next generation of senior officers is not just beneficial, it is essential to U.S. national security. • Scholars in universities and the nation’s …

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Other People’s Wars: PLA Lessons from Foreign Conflicts

Author: Mr Daniel Alderman, Mr Joe Narus Key Insights: • The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has not fought in a major war since 1979, but has studied the lessons of modern foreign conflicts from throughout the world. In some cases, those lessons have resulted in observable changes to the PLA’s strategic, tactical, or operational …

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Brazil’s Security Strategy and Defense Doctrine

Author: Mr Andrew Fishman, Dr Max G Manwaring Brazil is a developing nation well situated in time and place. Unlike other areas of the world, it has no bloody religious or ethnic conflicts, and its last border conflict took place in the early 19th century. However, Brazil is the most populous Latin American nation, with …

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Security and Governance: Foundations for International Stability

Author: Mr Dru Lauzon, Mr Andrew Vine Stability operations in fragile states are likely to remain an important focus of the foreign policy of Western countries for the foreseeable future. The central question to consider when launching these operations is whether a particular type of intervention is more effective than others, and to determine what …

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A New Chapter in Trans-American Engagement

Author: Ms Eva Silkwood Baker, Dr Max G Manwaring Key insights developed from the issues discussed at the 2010 Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium include: • The need to advance regional understanding of the contemporary security partnership situation in the Hemisphere: An educational and conceptual requirement; • The need to foster a broader partnership focus on …

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Preparing for a Mid-Term Assessment of Leadership and National Security Reform in the Obama Administration

Author: Mr Jared E Bennett, Dr Joseph R Cerami, Dr Robert H Dorff Key Insights: • The initiatives for the extensive national security reform that is required to meet current threats will have to come from outside of the executive branch bureaucracy. This is true even though former senior members of the Project on National …

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Drug Trafficking, Violence, and Instability in Mexico, Colombia, and the Caribbean: Implications for U.S. National Security

Author: Mr Evan Brown, Dr Dallas D Owens Key Insights from the conference included: (1) The relationships between powerful criminal groups and states are complex and create transnational issues of corruption and the production, transportation, marketing, and consumption of illegal products and services that have national security implications for most states in the Western Hemisphere. …

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The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA)

Author: Mr Daniel Alderman Participants considered the PLA’s relationship with the Chinese Communist Party; trends in the PLA’s ongoing reforms to informationalize, mechanize, and adapt to China’s evolving defense needs; and the PLA’s role in tackling internal security challenges. PLA operations abroad were discussed, with participants assessing trends in the pace, scope, goals, and success …

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Leadership and National Security Reform Conference

Author: Dr Joseph R Cerami, Dr Jeffrey A Engel, Ms Lindsey K Pavelka In Washington, DC, on June 24, 2009, the Bush School of Government and Public Service, the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, and the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute conducted a conference on Leadership and Government Reform. …

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Strategic Implications of Emerging Technologies

Author: Dr Antulio J Echevarria II KEY INSIGHTS: • The conference could only scratch the surface regarding the strategic implications of several important emerging technologies, namely, biogenetics, biometrics, nanotechnologies, robotics, artificial intelligence, alternative energies, and electromagnetic weaponry. More research is needed in the form of additional conferences, individual studies, and war games, comparing the development …

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