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Defense Transformation: To What, For What? by Colonel Kevin Reynolds. The author argues that U.S. foreign and national security policies should drive the pace of defense transformation. However, he finds that often the military's weapons systems preferences determine the shape and form of the armed services' transformation and their future capabilities.

The NATO-Russia Partnership: A Marriage of Convenience or a Troubled Relationship? by Dr. Stephen Blank. This monograph focuses on the Russian side of its relationship with NATO and seeks to uncover, as well as analyze, the reasons for Russia's growing ambivalence toward NATO and the increasing sense of estrangement between the two. Since 2002, the partnership has been rocky and stresses within it may outweigh the benefits to the players.

Ukraine After the Orange Revolution: Can It Complete Military Transformation and Join the U.S.-Led War on Terrorism? by Dr. Deborah Sanders. Ukraine's ability to contribute to the U.S.-led war on terror through the provision of niche capabilities such as peacekeeping troops is contingent on successful military transformation, democratic consolidation, and good relations with neighbors. However, a more democratic Ukraine with democratically controlled armed forces might be less willing and able to deploy peacekeeping troops into a complex theatre of operations.

Iran, Iraq, and the United States: The New Triangle's Impact on Sectarianism and the Nuclear Threat by Dr. Sherifa Zuhur. The triangle of U.S.-Iraq-Iran relations outweighs the two Middle Eastern states' bilateral history, their contrasting political aims, respective grievances, and competition. To offer constructive advice about the trilateral relationship, the author considers Iraqi-Iranian popular, religious, and state-level dynamics.

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

Global Challenges to U.S. Security Interests
March 27-29, 2007 - Carlisle, PA

Coming Soon
Russian Defense Reform: Current Trends, by Dr. Irina Isakova.

Naval Transformation, Ground Forces and the Expeditionary Impulse: The Sea Basing Debate by Dr. Geoff Till.

Russia, Iran, and the Nuclear Question: The Putin Record by Dr. Robert Freedman.

Regional Fears of Western Primacy and the Future of U.S.- Middle Eastern Basing Policy by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill.

Challenging Transformation's Cliches by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II.

Monthly Op-Ed
Iraqi Security Forces and Lessons from Korea, by Dr. Sheila M. Jager.

Annual Strategy Conference
Global Challenges to U.S. Security Interests.
Online registration has opened! Join us for the XVIII Annual Strategy Conference from March 27-29 at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA as we identify and debate the most important potential security threats around the globe.

Visit the website for more information.

News and Updates
Dr. Leonard Wong gave a presentation to 200 officers at the Europe Regional Medical Command Symposium at Grassau, Germany on November 15.

Drs. Douglas Johnson and Steven Metz traveled to Singapore's Armed Forces Military Institute to discuss Transformation issues with the staff and students from November 14-18.

Dr. Douglas Johnson conducted a walking tour of Carlisle Barracks for Prince Turki, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, on November 29.

COL (Ret) J.R. Martin's article on training host nation security forces was published in the November-December edition of Military Review. The article talks specifically about training indigenous security forces at the upper end of the counter-insurgency spectrum. He also participated in a workshop on a draft Security Force Assistance Planning Guide from November 15-16, at the invitation of Ft. Leavenworth's Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance (JCISFA).

COL Joseph Nunez participated in a conference in Shanghai, China, on China-U.S.-Japan Cooperation from October 25-27. He presented two short papers, one on cooperation for access to natural resources and the other on the National Security Strategy.

Dr. Steven Metz published "America's Defense Transformation: A Conceptual and Political History," in Defence Studies. He also gave a presentation entitled "Strategy for Long Wars: A Conceptual Framework" at a workshop in McLean, VA preparing for the U.S. Army's 2007 Unified Quest wargame.

On November 6 and 7, Dr. Antulio Echevarria presented lectures and led seminar discussions at the Norwegian Defense College in Oslo, Norway, on future warfare and new operational concepts such as Effects-Based Operations. On November 7, he delivered a presentation on the "Emerging American Way of War" to faculty and other scholars at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, IL. On November 20, he delivered a presentation on current strategic and operational issues to a military and defense community audience in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr. Sherifa Zuhur assisted in the planning and coordination of the 2006-2007 Middle East Symposium at the Army War College and was escort to AMB Turki Al Faisal Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and his eleven person party. She was also interviewed by Pacifica Radio concerning the meeting between President Bush and al-Maliki, sectarian violence in Iraq, and Iran and Syria's influence in Iraq.

Dr. Blank presented a paper "Can East Asia Dare to Tie its Energy Security to Russia and Kazakhstan?" to the conference Eurasian Pipelines and East Asia, A Path to Integration or a Marriage of Convenience? Harriman Institute, Columbia University, on November 30.

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