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Haiti Strategy: Control, Legitimacy, Sovereignty, Rule of Law, Handoffs, and Exit

Author: Dr Gabriel Marcella Now that the armed forces of the United States have entered Haiti, what is the exit strategy? As the United States, the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the United Nations coalition establish order, it is best to be mindful of the tasks ahead: building a new authority system based on the …

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Germany, France and NATO

Author: Ms Maria Alongi, Dr Peter Schmidt U.S. national strategy and U.S. Army doctrine explicitly establish the overwhelming need for, and value of, coalitions and alliances in the post-cold war era. Two generations of U.S. civil officials and military officers have been inculcated with the precept of NATO’s importance to security and stability in Europe. …

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Disaster and Intervention in Sub-Saharan Africa: Learning from Rwanda

Author: Dr Steven Metz Rwanda’s horrific civil war suggests that human disasters requiring outside intervention will remain common in Sub-Saharan Africa. The American people want a prompt and effective response to human disasters when the United States becomes involved. The Army is taking steps to enhance its demonstrated effectiveness at such operations. Steven Metz examines …

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French Policy Toward NATO: Enhanced Selectivity, Vice Rapprochement

Author: Dr William T Johnsen, Dr Thomas-Durell Young The authors of this report explain how French policy toward NATO has changed since 1992. Importantly, they discuss how these changes have been effected. However, certain key elements of French external policy have not changed. In effect, therefore, the authors argue that while France may wish to …

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Energy and Security in Transcaucasia

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank One of the world’s enduring regional conflicts is in Nagorno-Karabakh. This war pits local Armenians and their cousins from Armenia against Azerbaidzhan and has enmeshed Russia, Turkey and the Western allies (France, Great Britain, and the United States) in a complex series of regional relationships. The international stakes of this …

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The New Russia in the New Asia

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank This monograph offers an account of the current struggle inside Russia over Asian policy and of the direction of that struggle. The author describes the dominant Russian viewpoints on policy in Asia. Current proponents of an Asian policy based primarily upon military considerations seem to hold sway. Advocates of this …

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The Revolution in Military Affairs and Conflict Short of War

Author: LTC James Kievit, Dr Steven Metz The authors concede that the revolution in military affairs holds great promise for conventional, combined-arms warfare, but conclude that its potential value in conflict short of war, whether terrorism, insurgency, or violence associated with narcotrafficking, is not so clear-cut. Given this, national leaders and strategists should proceed cautiously …

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Nuclear Threats from Small States

Author: Mr Jerome H Kahan That are the policy implications regarding proliferation and counterproliferation of nuclear weapons among Third World states? How does deterrence operate outside the parameters of superpower confrontation as defined by the cold war’s elaborate system of constraints enforced by concepts like mutual assured destruction, and counter-value and counter-force targeting? How can …

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The Owl of Minerva Flies at Twilight: Doctrinal Change and Continuity and the Revolution in Military Affairs

Author: Dr David Jablonsky Revolutions in military affairs have never been strictly military phenomena. Social and political transformations in the past have also been major and often catalytic ingredients of such revolutions. The current revolution is no exception, whether it involves the relationship of communication-information breakthroughs to the interaction of the elements of Clausewitz’s remarkable …

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National Interest: From Abstraction to Strategy

Author: Dr Michael G Roskin Because the national interest is the foundation for both the National Security Strategy and its supporting National Military Strategy, it is essential that military leaders understand the political context from which the details of the national interest emerge. The guiding concept of national interest is more often assumed than analyzed …

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Japan’s Self-Defense Forces: What Dangers to Northeast Asia?

Author: Dr Thomas L Wilborn Dr. Thomas Wilborn examines Japan’s defense policy and the capabilities of its Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to determine if the fears of a remilitarized Japan have any basis in fact. He concludes that Japanese defense policy places rigid restraints on the SDF, and that currently there is no support for anything …

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Environmental Security: A DoD Partnership for Peace

Author: Dr Kent Hughes Butts International environmental issues can lead to instability and conflict that threaten U.S. security interests and may result in the commitment of U.S. forces. Chronic, unresolved environmental issues threaten stability in such critical regions as the former Soviet Union, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Recognizing this, the Department of …

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Meeting the Challenges of Regional Security

Author: Honorable Leonard Sullivan The Honorable Leonard Sullivan, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense, maintains that the disorder in the post-cold war world must be addressed in radically new and innovative ways. Old alliances, structured for containment, will not be adequate in a world where the challenges may be more appropriately addressed by police forces …

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The Military-News Media Relationship: Thinking Forward

Author: Dr Rod Lyon, COL Charles W Ricks, Prof William T Tow Over the course of the next six months, the Strategic Studies Institute will examine the impact of the media’s technological advances on strategic and operational level planning and policymaking, first in an overseas theater, and subsequently on decisions made at the national level. …

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Domestic Missions for the Armed Forces

Author: Senator Sam Nunn During the summer of 1992, Senator Sam Nunn, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, initiated legislation to enhance civilian and military cooperative efforts in meeting critical domestic needs. In a speech before the Senate Armed Services Committee, he called for a major reexamination of the roles and missions of the …

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Nuclear Pakistan and Nuclear India: Stable Deterrent or Proliferation Challenge?

Author: Dr George H Quester Nuclear proliferation, a security issue which has transcended the cold war, has been, and is, particularly troublesome in South Asia. There, India and Pakistan, neighbors with unresolved disputes since they were granted independence at the end of World War II, are believed to have nuclear weapons (although the leaders of …

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