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Strategic Insights
Thinking About Catastrophe: The Army in a Nuclear Armed World, by Dr. Steven Metz

You can access our ongoing podcast series "SSI Live" with our own Dr. John R. Deni. Early last week, President Barack Obama delivered a rare oval office address in which he essentially reiterated the administration's strategy toward the Islamic State, which continues to avoid the commitment of major U.S. ground forces. This past Monday, following a meeting of the National Security Council at the Pentagon, President Obama said the U.S.-led coalition is making progress against Islamic State militants in both Iraq and Syria, citing evidence of reclaimed territory and elimination of key leaders in Syria and Iraq. Most recently, Saudi Arabia announced yesterday the formation of a 34-nation Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, which will share information and train, equip, and provide forces if necessary for the fight against Islamic State militants. Dr. John R. Deni invited his SSI colleague, Dr. Andy Terrill, to share insights on these and related events as the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State continues to unfold. Find this and all other podcasts here and be sure to subscribe.

2015 - 2016 KSIL
On August 7, 2015, the 2015-16 Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) was released. The KSIL provides military and civilian researchers a ready reference for issues of special interest to the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense. Read here.

Hard Copy Online Ordering
If you would like to order a hard copy of any publication, for those limited publications where hard copies are available, see the information located on the right-hand side of the publication's page. You may download a digital copy of the selected work free of charge. Free download links for three different digital formats are available on the specific publication's page as well.

For out of stock publications and our new digital only publications, refer to the new GPO on-demand site. For a small fee, receive many prior publications. Click here to visit.

The 2015 Autumn issue of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters, is here. Read this and all of the past articles and subscribe today.

SSI Opportunities
Refer to the Employment and Research Opportunities section of our website for updates on new employment opportunities.

The United States Army War College (Carlisle, PA) invites qualified scholars to apply for the position of (Assistant/Associate/Full) Professor of Middle East Security Studies, in the Strategic Studies Institute. This is a fulltime, long-term, civilian faculty position at the United States Army's most senior institution for professional military education. Find all relevant information here.

The United States Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) invites qualified scholars to apply for the position of (Assistant/Associate/Full) Professor of the Military Profession and Ethic. This is a fulltime, long-term, civilian faculty position at the United States Army's most senior institution for professional military education. Get more information here.

USAWC Annual Strategy Conference
If you missed any of the 26th Annual Strategy Conference or would just like to relive the experience, videos are available here! A full list is available on our YouTube page.

And stay tuned for information regarding the 27th Strategy Conference.

SSI Has Gone Digital
In order to leverage advancing technology more efficiently and to continue to provide insightful and provocative research and analysis to the national security community while reducing costs, on March 1, 2014, we began publising all SSI and USAWC Press Letort Papers in digital format only. Additionally, on October 1, 2014, we began publishing all SSI and USAWC Press works, to include books and monographs, only in digital format. You may now purchase hard copies for a small fee from the Government Printing Office (GPO).

Click here to visit the GPO site.

Research & Analysis
From Assistance to Partnership: Morocco and its Foreign Policy in West Africa, by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri

The Hour of Truth: The Conflict in Ukraine–Implications for Europe’s Energy Security and the Lessons for the U.S. Army, by Dr. Ariel Cohen and Ivan Benovic

The New Arab Regional Order: Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Policy, by Gregory Aftandilian

Mastering the Gray Zone: Understanding a Changing Era of Conflict, by Dr. Michael J. Mazarr

The Human Terrain System: Operationally Relevant Social Science Research in Iraq and Afghanistan, by Dr. Christopher Sims

Lethal and Legal? The Ethics of Drone Strikes, by Dr. Shima D. Keene

Autonomous Weapon Systems: A Brief Survey of Developmental, Operational, Legal, and Ethical Issues, by Jeffrey L. Caton

What's Old is New — Kennan, Putin, and the Russian Competitive Viewpoint, by Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. Adelberg

Guyana-Venezuela: The Essequibo Region Dispute, by Dr. Jose de Arimateia da Cruz

Coming Soon
Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, by Henry D. Sokolski

Reforming U.S. Export Controls Reforms: Advancing U.S. Army Interests, by Richard Weitz, Ph.D.

Strategy and Grand Strategy: What Students and Practitioners Need to Know, by Tami Davis Biddle, Ph.D.

Enabling Others to Win in a Complex World: Maximizing Security Force Assistance Potential in the Regionally Aligned Brigade Combat Team, by Captain (P) Liam Walsh

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