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Strategic Insights
Fragile States Cannot be Fixed with State Building, by Dr. Robert D. Lamb

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

2014 - 2015 KSIL
On December 9, 2014 we updated Part II of the 2014-15 Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL). 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.

The 2015 - 2016 edition is coming soon!

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The nuclear agreement between the P5+1 states, including the United States, and Iran is a momentous event in the already turbulent recent history of the Middle East. Neither Washington nor Tehran has indicated their final approval of this document, and both countries are currently engaged in vigorous internal debate about whether to accept or renounce the deal. In addition to the technical aspects of the agreement, many observers are also concerned about ways in which the U.S.-Iranian relationship may be altered as a result of this serious potential change. Some wonder if the United States and Iran can develop a working relationship to address issues upon which they agree (including the eradication of the Islamic State organization), while continuing to oppose each other on those concerns that divide them. Others, within both countries, deeply oppose a détente of any kind with the other state under current conditions. In this highly dynamic environment, it is especially useful for the interested public to be able to establish a context for rapidly unfolding events. The following two recent SSI reports may be especially useful in this regard. They are offered to the reader in the hope that they will continue to advance SSI's ongoing mission of offering insightful and relevant analysis of major strategic issues.

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

The U.S. Army War College seeks papers for a conference on “American Use of Strategic Landpower since 9/11” to be held at Carlisle Barracks, PA, from December 2-4, 2015. Find all relevant information here.

Coming Soon - 2015-2016 External Research Associates Program (ERAP) Solicitation

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

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).

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Research & Analysis
The Approaching Implosion of Venezuela and Strategic Implications for the U.S., by R. Evan Ellis

Joining the New Caravan: ISIS and the Regeneration of Terrorism in Southeast Asia, by Dr. Zachary Abuza

A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key U.S. Allies and Security Partners, by Gary J. Schmitt, ed.

Paid to Perform: Aligning Total Military Compensation with Talent Management, Vol. 8, by Roy A. Wallace, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael J. Colarusso, COL Andrew O. Hall, Lieutenant Colonel David S. Lyle, Major Michael S. Walker.

Russian Ballistic Missile Defense: Rhetoric and Reality, by Keir Giles

The Army War College Review Vol. 1, No. 2, by Dr. Larry D Miller, ed.

The Strategic Lessons Unlearned from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Why the ANSF Will Not Hold, and the Implications for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, by Dr. M. Chris Mason

Coming Soon
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025, by Roy Kamphausen and David Lai, eds.

Robotics and Military Operations - Kingston Conference On International Security, by Dr. Robert J. Bunker

China’s Rise and Reconfiguration of Central Asia’s Geopolitics: A Case for U.S. "Pivot" to Eurasia, by Roman Muzalevsky

The Limits of Military Officers’ Duty to Obey Civilian Orders: A Neo-Classical Perspective, by Rob Atkinson

Duffer’s Shoal: A Strategic Dream of the PACOM AOR, by COL Russ Bailey, COL (NZ) Chris Parsons, COL Elizabeth Smith, Lt. Col. Derek O’Malley, LTC Bob Dixon, Ms. Laura McAleer

Reassessing the Barriers to Islamic Radicalization in Kazakhstan, by Zhulduz Baizakova and Roger N. McDermott

You can access our new podcast series "SSI Live" with our own John Deni. ISIS captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, sparking concerns that the violent extremist group would destroy the antiquities there. What is the significance of Palmyra? Although the ruins evidently remain intact so far, are fears of its destruction by ISIS nonetheless warranted? How does the political-military operation there fit into ISIS's broader plans for the region? Dr. Andy Terrill joined Dr. Deni to discuss these questions and more. Find this and all other podcasts here and be sure to subscribe.

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