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Strategic Insights
The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Taliban, by Dr. M. Chris Mason

You can access our ongoing podcast series "SSI Live" with our own Dr. John R. Deni. President Barack Obama announced his decision to slow the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, leaving 8,400 troops there until the end of his term. Media accounts characterized this as a vote of confidence in Afghanistan's Government, but also an acknowledgement that U.S. efforts to build an Afghan force capable of securing the entire country have fallen short. Will the slower drawdown strengthen U.S. efforts at nation-building in Afghanistan? Is nation-building even possible there or elsewhere? Dr. Deni invited his SSI colleague, Dr. Chris Mason, to discuss Mason's newest publication, a Parameters article entitled "Nation-Building is an Oxymoron," as well as last week's announcement on the slowed drawdown. Find this and all other podcasts here and be sure to subscribe.

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2016 - 2017 KSIL (Draft)
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.

Look for the signed version of the 2016-2017 KSIL to be posted in the near future.

The 2016 Spring issue of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters, is here. Read this and all of the past articles and subscribe today.

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

****LAST CALL*** External Research Associates Program (ERAP): The U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is pleased to announce it is now accepting solicitations UNTIL JULY 29 for topic proposals under its External Research Associates Program (ERAP) to directly fund research by scholars who are not affiliated with the U.S. military or the U.S. Government.

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.
Research & Analysis
Coming Soon
Cyberspace: Malevolent Actors, Criminal Opportunities, and Strategic Competition, by Phil Williams and Dighton Fiddner

Investigating the Benefits and Drawbacks of Realigning the National Guard Under the Department of Homeland Security, by Ryan Burke, Ph.D. and Sue McNeil, Ph.D.

The Pivot to Asia: Can it Serve as the Foundation for American Grand Strategy in the 21st Century? by Dr. Douglas Stuart
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