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Strategic Insights
Unlearned Lessons and the Dual-System Problem, by Dr. Robert D. Lamb

Syria Safe Zones, by Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

You can access our ongoing podcast series "SSI Live" with our own Dr. John R. Deni. SSI's Professor Trey Braun and Dr. David Lai recently led a diverse team of Army War College researchers in assessing competition between the United States and China in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Their study examines U.S.-China gray zone competition and identifies land forces capabilities and initiatives necessary to advance U.S. national interests in the face of that competition. In this podcast, Prof. Braun spoke to Dr. Deni about the report and its key findings and recommendations. Find this and all other podcasts here and be sure to subscribe.

2016 - 2017 KSIL
The 2016-17 Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) has been 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
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The 2016 AUTUMN issue of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters, is here. It has articles addressing Strategic Change, the Army Profession, and much more.

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

Video of the Month

Keynote Presentation at the 2017 Telos Conference in New York, NY, January 14–15, 2017.
Steven Metz, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, "Future Conflict and the Conceptual Prison of Asymmetry"
If you missed any of the 27th Annual Strategy Conference or would just like to relive the experience, videos are available here on the conference page.

Be sure to keep checking here for information on the next conference.
Research & Analysis
Coming Soon
The Al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization: History, Doctrine, Modus Operandi, and U.S. Policy to Degrade and Defeat Terrorism Conducted in the Name of Sunni Islam, by Paul Kamolnick

The North Caucasus Insurgency: Dead or Alive? by Emil A. Souleimanov, Ph.D.
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Posted recently on Carnegie Europe’s online journal is the latest essay by Dr. John Deni (SSI)—“Eroding U.S. Deterrence.” The essay considers the security implications of Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election. Dr. Deni argues that failing to ascribe to Russia (and specifically to Putin) the cyberattacks on the 2016 election is dangerous. Even partly buying into Kremlin rhetoric (and thus rejecting the U.S. intelligence community’s consensus) lends legitimacy to Moscow’s claims of innocence. Dr. Deni provides recommendations for the incoming administration that would help to reinforce deterrence in northeastern Europe, safeguard Western security, and correct any misconceptions in the minds of Russian officials about U.S. responses to future efforts at similar election interference. The essay is accessible at here.

From SSI's own Christopher Bolan: The U.S. Should Back Russia’s Syria Ceasefire

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