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Endgame for the West in Afghanistan? Explaining the Decline in Support for the War in Afghanistan in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, France and Germany, by Charles A. Miller. Analyses of the War in Afghanistan frequently mention the declining or shaky domestic support for the conflict in the United States and among several U.S. allies. This paper dates the beginning of this decline back to the resurgence of the Taliban in 2005-06 and suggests that the deteriorating course of the war on the ground in Afghanistan itself along with mounting casualties is the key reason behind this drop in domestic support for the war.

The PLA at Home and Abroad: Assessing the Operational Capabilities of China's Military, by Mr. Roy Kamphausen, Dr. David Lai, and Dr. Andrew Scobell. In 2009, the People's Republic of China, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, and the PLA Air Force celebrated their 60th anniversaries. Behind China’s economic development, the PLA parades, and the spectacular celebration fireworks, the world clearly saw an ambitious China edging its way to the center stage of international economic, political, and military affairs. However, a few other major events in the last 2 years came just in time to remind the Chinese leaders, and the world as well, that China still faced a challenging future.

Coming Soon
Russian Military Today and Tomorrow: Essays in Memory of Mary Fitzgerald, by Stephen J. Blank and Richard Weitz, eds.

U.S. Army War College Guide to National Security Issues, Volume 1: Theory of War and Strategy, and Volume 2: National Security Policy and Strategy, by J. Boone Bartholomees, Jr., ed.

Got Vision? Unity of Vision in Policy and Strategy: What It Is and Why We Need It, by Anna Simons.

Project on National Security Reform: Vision Working Group Report and Scenarios, by Sheila R. Ronis.

Organizing to Compete in the Political Terrain, by Nadia Schadlow.

Defense Energy Resilience: Lessons from Ecology, by Scott Thomas and Dave Kerner.

Chinese Energy Security: The Myth of the PLAN’s Frontline Status, by Ryan Clarke.

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

Monthly Op-Ed
Enter the Era of Persistent Competition for Talent, by COL Carolyn F. Kleiner and LTC Andrew J. Vliet, III

Of Interest
China's Role in the Stabilization of Afghanistan, by Col Greg Kleponis, USAF

Who Won the Cold War? Thomas F. Berner

National Security Policy and Military Strategy Policy: Towards Achieving Policy Relevant Scholarship
September 15-16, 2010 - Lubbock, TX

Violent Armed Groups
September 16-17, 2010 - Pittsburgh, PA

22nd Annual Strategy Conference
American Society and Its Military

April 5-7, 2011 - Carlisle, PA

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The synopsis for the ERAP (External Associates Research Program) is online. The Department of Contracting will be accepting ERAP proposals for SSI around July 30, 2010. Please see the Federal Business Opportunities website for details.

Dr. Steven Metz authored a blog entry discussing the replacement of GEN Stanley McChrystal with GEN David Petraeus for The New Republic. Many major news outlets have reposted the article on their own sites.

Drs. Steven Metz and Andrew Terrill gave lectures to the 2010 Distance Education Class. The hour-long sessions are available on YouTube. Dr. Metz presented on U.S. Grand Strategy and Dr. Terrill on Israeli and Palestinian Relations.

On June 14-15, Prof. Douglas Lovelace and Dr. David Lai presented papers in Shanghai, China at a conference discussing "East Asia Cooperation: Issues and Prospects." Dr. Lai then traveled to Taipei, Taiwan to present "U.S.-China Power Transition: the Most Critical Factor for the Future of East Asia" at the 4th Defense Forum on Regional Security. Afterwards, he and other U.S. delegates met with Taiwan’s Defense Minister and other high ranking defense and national security officials.

On June 18, Dr. Leonard Wong gave a presentation concerning the effects of multiple deployments on children to the Pre-Command Course at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

On June 29, Prof. John R. Martin and Dr. Steven Metz briefed the Director of the Center for Army Analysis, on SSI’s OIF Key Decisions Monograph Series.

On June 29, WITF Radio Smart Talk interviewed Dr. Leonard Wong on the topic of recruiting. The hour-long show included two Army recruiters and featured questions from radio listeners and discussion moderators. Audio of the entire broadcast is available.

LTC Phillip Cuccia began a one year deployment to Afghanistan and will return to SSI as Director of National Security Studies in 2011. COL John Dabrowski completed his eighteen month tour with SSI and returns to Fort Rucker, AL, where he is the Aviation Branch Historian. SSI wishes them both well.

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