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Research and Analysis
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union's Common Security and Defense Policy: Intersecting Trajectories, by Mr. Sarwar A. Kashmeri. The author concludes that NATO is increasingly dysfunctional. Unless it is grafted in a supporting role to the EU's Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), NATO will soon become irrelevant to transatlantic security needs.

SSI Opportunities
The External Research Associates Program (ERAP) is open on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website until August 26, 2011. You should immediately contact Ms. Whitmore to request more information and obtain the solicitation packet. Go directly to the announcement on and scroll to the bottom for Ms. Whitmore's contact information.

The Academic Engagement Program request for proposals is tentatively set to open on August 26. As above, scroll to the bottom of the announcement on and contact Mr. Karol to begin the process. Any institution that intends to submit a proposal can also contact SSI if submission assistance is needed. More about the Academic Engagement Program.
Coming Soon
China — Latin America Military Engagement: Good Will, Good Business, and Strategic Position, by R. Evan Ellis

National Security Reform 2010: A Midterm Assessment, edited by Joseph R. Cerami, Robert H. Dorff, and Matthew H. Harber

Adapting, Transforming, and Modernizing Under Fire: The Mexican Military 2006-11, by Inigo Guevara Moyano

Threat Posed by Mounting Vigilantism in Mexico, by George W. Grayson

Monthly Op-Ed
The Criminals South of the Border: Lessons from Mexico, by Dr. Max G. Manwaring.

Articles and Briefs
Upcoming Events
Developing United States and European Joint Approaches for Engaging Russia
September 9, 2011 — Washington, DC

Crime and Terrorism Nexus
November 17-18, 2011 — Pittsburgh, PA

EU Enlargement and Turkey: The Changing Strategic Context
December 15-16, 2011 — Washington, DC

XXIII USAWC Annual Strategy Conference
April 10-12, 2012 — Carlisle, PA

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On July 23, AFP cited Dr. Andrew Terrill in "Pre-Ramadan rebel push aims to spark Libya Endgame." MSN Arabia News, Sunday Times of Sri Lanka, La Matin, Terra Peru, and other sources also reprinted the article.

On July 26, Dr. Stephen Blank spoke on Central Asian reactions to U.S. drawdowns in Afghanistan at "International Perspectives on Afghanistan and Regional Security to 2014 and Beyond" held at the Center for Strategy and International Security in Washington, D.C.

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