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Regional Threats and Security Strategy: The Troubling Case of Today's Middle East, by Dr. James Russell. The author peels back the layers of complexity surrounding the regional threat environment to begin constructing a security strategy to mitigate threats to U.S. and international interests. He questions whether the Cold War template is still relevant and argues that the United States must address the altered regional environment and conduct a strategic net assessment to measure the ability of U.S. instruments of power to protect and preserve national and global interests.

EAST ASIAN SECURITY: TWO VIEWS--The Security Challenges in Northeast Asia: A Chinese View, by Dr. Chu Shulong; and Security Challenges to the United States in Northeast Asia: Looking beyond the Transformation of the Six-Party Talks, by Dr. Gilbert Rozman. Combined in one publication, these two papers underscore the complexities and risks, as well as the opportunities, for political leaders in Northeast Asia in contemplating new policies and actions to readjust the region's political dynamics with its economic dynamism.

AFRICOM's Dilemma: The "Global War on Terrorism," "Capacity Building," Humanitarianism, and the Future of U.S. Security Policy in Africa, by Mr. Robert Berschinski. Using case studies, the author argues that by amalgamating threats, overemphasizing "hard" counterterrorism initiatives, and intertwining military operations with humanitarianism, AFRICOM's predecessors have harmed U.S. strategic interests. He then offers policy recommendations to maximize the command's potential for future success.

On the Uses of Cultural Knowledge, by Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager. The author argues that the significance of understanding adversary societies and their cultures has been largely ignored in formulating the broader strategic goals of counterinsurgency. She explores the role that cultural knowledge must play and its wide-ranging implications for U.S. foreign policy.

Force and Restraint in Strategic Deterrence: A Game-Theorist's Perspective, by Dr. Roger Myerson*. This nontechnical introduction to the use of game theory to study international relations focuses on the problem of deterrence against potential adversaries and aggressors. The author concludes that a great power's use of its military forces may be ineffective or even counterproductive when no clear internationally recognizable limits on this use of force exist.
*Dr. Myerson recently received the Nobel Peace Prize in Economics.

RUSSIAN SECURITY STRATEGY UNDER PUTIN: U.S. AND RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVES--U.S. Interests in the New Eurasia, by Dr. R. Craig Nation; and Russia's Threat Perception and Strategic Posture, by Dr. Dmitri Trenin. The authors illustrate the degree to which great power rivalry in Eurasia has become a major security issue and source of growing Russo-American tensions

Coming Soon
Sustaining the Peace after Civil War, by Dr. T. David Mason.

A Contemporary Challenge to State Sovereignty: Gangs and Other Illicit Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) in Central America, El Salvador, Mexico, Jamaica, and Brazil, by Dr. Max Manwaring.

Jordanian National Security and the Future of Middle East Stability, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill.

Towards a New Russia Policy, by Dr. Stephen Blank.

Transforming to Effects-Based Operations: Lessons from the United Kingdom Experience, by Dr. Andrew Dorman.

Monthly Op-Ed
Is it Time to Mandate Volunteerism? by Dr. Leonard Wong.

Upcoming Events
Opportunities For Engaging Minority Communities In Securing Our Nation
February 11, 2008 - Research Triangle Park, NC

Stability Operations and State Building: Continuities and Contingencies
February 13-15, 2008 - Clarksville, TN,

Seminar Series on Future Defense Dilemmas: The State of the US Military Reserve Components
March 6, 2008 - Washington, DC

11th Annual Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium: Transformation for Cooperation
April 2-4, 2008 - Washington, DC

XIX Annual Strategy Conference: "Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power"
April 8-10, 2008 - Carlisle, PA

Annual Strategy Conference
The new Strategy Conference website is now online. Online registration will open in January and conference details, such as speakers and the agenda, will be available towards the end of December.

Of Interest
The Strategy of Teaching Strategy in the 21st Century, by Gabriel Marcella

News and Updates
On November 7, Dr. Steven Metz gave a presentation entitled "The Nature of Conflict" at the U.S. Army's Unified Quest Seminar, McLean, VA

On November 15-16, Dr. Metz participated in the U.S. Government Interagency Counterinsurgency Initiative Workshop, Arlington, VA.

On November 19, Dr. Sherifa Zuhur presented "Strategy in the Battle over Her," in a special double panel on Islamism, Liberty, and Secularism at the Middle East Studies Association meetings in Montreal, Canada.

On November 13, Dr. Zuhur presented "Cacaphony, Islam, and the War of Ideas," keynote address to the Chief of Chaplains World Religions Summit, U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina.

On November 29, Dr. Doug Johnson conducted a senior leader staff ride at Gettysburg for twenty members of the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration

The ERAP pre-solicitation notice is out. Potential authors should begin the process of registering with CCR and Duns and Bradstreet.
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