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New Publications
Taming the Next Set of Strategic Weapons Threats, edited by Mr. Henry Sokolski. Traditional nonproliferation efforts are being urgently reviewed and reconsidered because current understandings are ill-suited to check the spread of emerging long-range missile, biological, and nuclear technologies. This volume highlights what might happen if these threats go unattended and how best to mitigate them.

String of Pearls: Meeting the Challenge of China's Rising Power across the Asian Littoral, by Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Pehrson. The "String of Pearls" describes the manifestation of China's growing geopolitical influence through efforts to increase access to ports and airfields, develop special diplomatic relationships, and modernize military forces that extend from the South China Sea through the Strait of Malacca, across the Indian Ocean, and on to the Arabian Gulf. This Carlisle Paper analyzes the "String of Pearls" from within the context of the post-Cold war global security environment and proposes recommendations for U.S. policy and strategy.

Coming Soon
North Korean Civil-Military Trends: Military First Politics to a Point, by Mr. Ken Gause.

How to Make Army Force Generation Work for the Army's Reserve Components, by Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Whitlock.

Confronting the Unconventional: Innovation and Transformation in Military Affairs, by Dr. David Tucker.

Defense Transformation: To What, For What? by Colonel Kevin Reynolds

Strategic Challenges for Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terrorism, edited by Dr. Williamson Murray.

Monthly Op-Ed
Doctrine that Works, by Dr. Douglas V. Johnson II.

Upcoming Colloquia
Western Hemisphere Mini-Colloquium Series (Neo-populism)
September 21, 2006 - Washington, DC

Right Sizing the PLA: Understanding the Drivers of China's approach to Military Modernization
October 6-8, 2006 - Carlisle, PA

Western Hemisphere Mini-Colloquium Series (Transnational Crime)
October 24, 2006 - Washington, DC

Western Hemisphere Mini-Colloquium Series (Colombia)
December 5, 2006 - Washington, DC

Western Hemisphere Mini-Colloquium Series (Mexico)
February 7, 2007 - Washington, DC

News and Updates
COL Joseph Nunez joined SSI as the Chairman of the Art of War Department.

LTC Charles Wilson joined the Regional Strategy and Planning Department as a the Director of Regional Security Affairs.

Dr. Sheila Jager began her term as a Visiting Research Professor of National Security Affairs in the Art of War Department.

Dr. Metz's chapter "Iraq and the Evolution of American Military Strategy" was published in John Davis, ed., Presidential Policies and the Road to the Second Iraq War (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate).

Brig. General Orlando Ambrocio, Chief of the Philippine Office of Strategic and Special Studies, and a 1997 USAWC Resident Graduate, visited SSI to share information on strategic research following the SSI model.

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