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New Research and Analysis
Russia's Prospects in Asia, by Dr. Stephen J. Blank. To what degree should we take Russia seriously as an important actor in Asia? The three chapters here, taken from an SSI conference in January 2010, actively debate the prospects for Russia as it makes its way in an increasingly complex Asian environment characterized by China’s rising power and multiple threats, such as proliferation in Korea and the Taiwan issue.

Deciding to Buy: Civil-Military Relations and Major Weapons Programs, by Mr. Quentin E. Hodgson. Based on extensive archival research and interviews, the author explores how decisions on major weapons programs have been made and identifies key themes in the relationship between the military services and the civilian leadership in the Department of Defense that promise to endure.

Coming Soon
La Familia Drug Cartel: Implications for U.S.-Mexican Security, by George W. Grayson

Lessons Learned from U.S. Government Law Enforcement in International Operations, by Dilshika Jayamaha, Scott Brady, Ben Fitzgerald, and Jason Fritz

2010 SSI Annual Strategy Conference Report “Defining War for the 21st Century,” by Steven Metz and LTC Philip Cuccia

Civil-Military Relations in Medvedev’s Russia, edited by Stephen J. Blank

The Conflicts in Yemen and U.S. National Security, by W. Andrew Terrill

North Korea's Nuclear Question: Sense of Vulnerability, Defensive Motivation, and Peaceful Solution, by Kwang Ho Chun

A Risk-Based Approach to Strategic Balance, by COL John A. Mauk

Nuclear Power's Global Expansion: Weighing Its Costs and Risks, edited by Henry D. Sokolski

Cyber Infrastructure Protection, edited by Tarek N. Saadawi and COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr.

The European Campaign, Its Origins and Conduct, by Samuel J. Newland and Clayton K.S. Chun

Monthly Op-Ed
Strangely Silent: The Missing Strategic Debate in the 2010 Mid-Term Elections, by Dr. Robin H. Dorff

Zones of Impunity: The Security Situation on Both Sides of the Mexico-U.S. Border
December 9, 2010 - Washington, DC

Conflict Management: A Tool for U.S. National Security Strategy
February 24-25, 2011 - Kennesaw, GA

Post-heroic Warfare
March 22-23, 2011 - Oxford, United Kingdom

22nd Annual Strategy Conference
American Society and Its Profession of Arms

April 5-7, 2011 - Carlisle, PA
The conference website is now online

The Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Resources and Security
June 13-15, 2011 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Conference Invitation
America and its Profession of Arms; Is the Relationship Healthy? You are invited to be among hundreds of other participants debating this topic at the U.S. Army War College's XXII Annual Strategy Conference, April 5-7, 2011. The conference program, online registration, and details are all available on the American Society and Its Profession of Arms website.

Opportunities with SSI
SSI is hiring a Research Professor of National Security Studies. See the announcement on USAJOBS.

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From November 21-30, Dr. W. Andrew Terrill traveled to Damascus, Syria in order to conduct research for forthcoming SSI studies. Dr. Terrill interviewed a number of scholars, journalists, and UN officials as part of this process. Dr. Terrill also gave three lectures on topics related to his specialties to officials at the U.S. Embassy.

On November 30, Dr. Robin H. Dorff presented as the keynote speaker for the North Carolina Education Policy Fellows Program in Raleigh, NC.

On December 1 and 2, Dr. Leonard Wong gave a presentation concerning the effects of multiple deployments on Army adolescents to the Infantry and Armor Pre-Command Course Offices and their spouses at Fort Benning, GA.

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