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Research and Analysis
Organizational Change in the Russian Airborne Forces: The Lessons of the Georgian Conflict, by Dr. Rod Thornton. Russia's best troops are to be found in the Airborne Forces. These were the only Russian troops to emerge with their reputation intact after the conflict with Georgia in 2008. They can represent a formidable foe. This monograph examines the current state of the Airborne Forces and why they might be seen as "formidable."

The United States and China in Power Transition, by Dr. David Lai. Historically, systematic power transitions were settled in war. Can China and the United States avoid a deadly contest and spare the world another catastrophe? What can we expect from China and the United States with respect to the future of international relations?

Articles of Interest
Colloquium Brief: Cyber Infrastructure Protection, by Dr. Tarek N. Saadawi and COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr

Preserving U.S. National Security Interests Through a Liberal World Construct, by LTC Kevin Fujimoto

Coming Soon
Delegitimizing Al Qaeda: A Jihad-Realist Approach, by Paul Kamolnick

Categorical Confusion? The Strategic Implications of Recognizing Challenges Either as Irregular or Traditional, by Colin S. Gray

Project on National Security Reform – Vol 2: Case Studies Working Group Report, edited by Richard Weitz

Conflict Management and "Whole of Government:" Useful Tools for U.S. National Security Strategy? edited by Volker Franke and Robin H. Dorff

Once Again, the Challenge to the U.S. Army During a Defense Reduction: To Remain a Military Profession, by Don M. Snider

Monthly Op-Ed
The Technology Avalanche and the Future of War, by COL Phillip R. Cuccia

Upcoming Events
Conflict Management: Pillars of a New American Grand Strategy
February 23-24, 2012 — Kennesaw, GA

XXIII USAWC Annual Strategy Conference
The Future of U.S. Grand Strategy in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities
April 10-12, 2012 — Carlisle, PA
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On December 2, 2011, Dr. Stephen Blank and Younkyoo Kim published, "Why is Russian Energy Policy Failing in Asia?" in Pacific Focus (requires subscription). On December 9, 2011, Dr. Blank presented a paper, "Chinese Presence in Central Asia and the Implications for the U.S.," at the U.S. State Department conference, "The Evolution of Chinese Policy in Central Asia," held in Washington, DC. On December 15-16, 2011, Dr. Blank lectured on Russo-Turkish Relations at the Atlantic Council conference, "Turkey, the EU, and the Transatlantic Partnership: Strategic Allies or Drifting Apart?" in Washington, DC. Dr. Blank had two articles published in the December edition of American Foreign Policy Interests, "Dragon Rising: Chinese Policy in Central Asia" and "Challenges to Russia in Central Asia."

During the period December 13-21, 2011, Dr. Jeff McCausland, in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Minerva Initiative, lectured on, "Tactical Nuclear Weapons and NATO." During this time, he visited several European-based think-tanks and was invited to a meeting at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin.

On December 19, 2011, U.S. Southern Command added Dr. Manwaring's book, "Insurgency, Terrorism and Crime: Shadows from the Past and Portents for the Future," to the Commander's 2012 reading list.

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