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Belarus and Russia: Comradeship-in-Arms in Preempting Democracy, by Dr. Vitali Silitski. As the last true dictatorship in Europe, Belarus' internal and external security agenda is a matter of concern to the European and Western communities--as well as to Russia. Tensions between Moscow and Minsk have been growing, and President Lukashenka has turned back to the West for foreign support. The author concludes that this aid will not be forthcoming without significant domestic reform, which is unlikely.

Ukraine: Domestic Changes and Foreign Policy Reconfiguration, by Dr. Arkady Moshes. Systemic change in Ukraine will take a long time, so the strategy to promote the country's transformation and Euro-Atlantic integration should prioritize consistency over speed. It is essential to closely monitor internal developments and expect Ukraine's compliance with the highest standards of democracy, rule of law, and economic transparency. The author believes that the United States should promote the opening of an EU perspective for Ukraine, which would create much stronger incentives for systemic transformation than NATO membership would.

Of Interest
General Dan K. McNeill's speech at the Land Forces Symposium in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Coming Soon
The Implications of Preemptive and Preventive War Doctrines: A Reconsideration, by Dr. Colin Gray.

Latin America's New Security Reality: Irregular Asymmetric Conflict and Hugo Chavez, by Dr. Max Manwaring.

Kuwaiti National Security and the U.S.-Kuwaiti Strategic Relationship after Saddam, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill.

Egypt: Security, Political and Islamist Challenges, by Dr. Sherifa Zuhur.

The Reserve Policies of Nations: A Comparative Analysis, by Dr. Richard Weitz.

Negotiation in the New Strategic Environment: Lessons from Iraq, by Dr. David Tressler.

Monthly Op-Ed
Knowing when to Salute, by Dr. Leonard Wong and Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr.

Employment Opportunity
SSI is seeking a Research Professor of Asian Security Affairs. Interested applicants should read the full notice which outlines qualifications and application instructions.

Upcoming Events
The "People" in the PLA: Recruitment, Training, and Education in China's 80-year old Military
September 28-30 - Carlisle, PA

News and Updates
Dr. Robin Dorff joined SSI's Art of War Department. He was Chair of the Department of National Security Studies (DNSS) at the War College from 2000-2005. Dr. Dorff most recently was the Senior Advisor on Democracy, Governance, and Civil-Military Relations, Office of Programs, Creative Associates International, Inc., in Washington, DC.

On June 26-28, the Strategic Studies Institute, Queen's University, and the Canadian Land Forces Doctrine and Training Systems conducted a colloquium in Kingston, Ontario entitled "Stability Campaigns: Do We Learn?" Over 160 participants, including several Canadian flag officers, examined perspectives of learning at the strategic and operational levels. Canada's Minister of Defense, The Honorable Gordon O'Connor, presented the keynote address followed by Mr. Stephen Johnson, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Additionally, LTG Benjamin Freakley, former Commander of CJTF-76 Afghanistan, and Canadian MG Michael Ward, Chief of Canadian Force Development, spoke. SSI participants included Prof. Lovelace (closing comments), Dr. Dorff and Dr. Manwaring (panelists), and Dr. Owens (panel moderator).

Rob Berschinski, a former USAF intelligence officer and current graduate student at Yale University, has joined SSI as a visiting researcher for the summer of 2007. Working under Dr. Steve Metz, Mr. Berschinski is currently authoring a study analyzing U.S. foreign policy in Africa and the creation of U.S. Africa Command.

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