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Shaping the PLA's Security Environment, edited by Dr. Andrew Scobell and Dr. Larry M. Wortzel. This conference volume examines the role of the military in China's security environment. Although not a central actor in foreign policy, the military remains an important player. However, it is clearly subordinate to the dictates of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Domestically, the military remains the ultimate guarantor of party control and stability.

Confronting the Unconventional: Innovation and Transformation in Military Affairs, by Dr. David Tucker. If limits to military change and transformation exist, what are the broader implications for U.S. national policy and strategy in the war on terrorism? The author offers answers by examining French, British, and American efforts to deal with irregular threats after World War II, and identifies and examines the effects of these limits on conducting irregular warfare.

Alliances and American National Security, by Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. The author makes the case that U.S. allies are more important than ever. She describes the need to evolve the concept of alliances to fit 21st century security threats that may not be confined to a particular region, such as proliferation of WMD, and recommends the networking of key American alliance relationships into an "alliance of alliances."

China-ASEAN Relations: Perspectives, Prospects, and Implications for U.S. Interests, by Dr. Jing-dong Yuan. Beijing has expanded its influence as a major political force and as a locomotive for economic recovery in Southeast Asia. The author assesses the implications of growing China-ASEAN ties and dispels some of the misperceptions of Beijing's intentions. He concludes that Washington retains much influence but needs to adopt creative approaches to member states and ASEAN as a group.

Defense, Development, and Diplomacy (3D): Canadian and U.S. Military Perspectives, by Dr. Max G. Manwaring. The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC); Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada; and the Canadian Land Forces Doctrine and Training System cosponsored a colloquium at Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on June 21-23, 2006.

Upcoming Colloquia
Western Hemisphere Mini-Colloquium Series (Colombia)
December 5, 2006 - Washington, DC

Western Hemisphere Mini-Colloquium Series (Mexico)
February 7, 2007 - Washington, DC

Global Challenges to U.S. Security Interests
March 27-29, 2007 - Carlisle, PA

Coming Soon
Defense Transformation: To What, For What?, by Colonel Kevin Reynolds.

The NATO-Russia Partnership: A Marriage of Convenience or a Troubled Relationship? by Dr. Stephen Blank.

Russia, Iran, and the Nuclear Question: The Putin Record by Dr. Robert Freedman.

Iran, Iraq, and the United States: The New Triangle's Impact on Sectarianism and the Nuclear Threat by Dr. Sherifa Zuhur.

Monthly Op-Ed
Transformation's Uncontested Truths, by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II.

Annual Strategy Conference
Global Challenges to U.S. Security Interests
Join us for the XVIII Annual Strategy Conference from March 27-29 at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA as we identify, and debate the most important potential security threats around the globe.

Visit the website for more information.

Employment Opportunity
Research Professor of National Security Affairs.
This is a United States Army War College civilian faculty position as provided under Title 10. The candidate will be expected to perform research and publish national security analyses ranging from concise reports to book-length projects valuable to senior Army, Department of Defense, and national leadership.

News and Updates
Dr. Steven Metz of SSI and Dr. Larry Korb of the Center for American Progress debated the U.S. military presence in Iraq in a web forum of the Council on Foreign Relations.

LTC Chuck Wilson spoke at the U.S. Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, on the subject of "Prospects and Problems with International Peacekeeping" from a NATO perspective.

Dr. Stephen Blank published China's Military Power: Shadow Over Central Asia by the Lexington Institute. (see policy regarding external links)

Dr. Sherifa Zuhur published "Nationalism, Insurgency, and Reconstruction in Iraq," in Nationalisms Across the Globe: An Overview of the Nationalisms of State-Endowed and Stateless Nations Vol II, edited by Wojciech J. Burszta, Tomasz Kamusella, and Sebastian Wojciechowski, Poznan: Wyzsza Szkola Nauk Humanistycznych i Dziennikarstwa. She also published "Hassan Nasrallah and the Strategy of Steadfastness" in Terrorism Monitor, Vol. 4, Issue 19. October 5, 2006.

Professor Lovelace presented "The Role of National Security Research Institutes in Providing for International Security" to The International Forum of the China Association of Military Science in Beijing, China, on October 24th. He then presented "Understanding the U.S. Position on Taiwan" and served on a Taiwan panel at China's National Defense University on October 25th.

Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager published "Time to End the Korean War: The Korean Nuclear Crisis in the Era of Unification" in Japan Focus and republished in Nautilus. (see policy regarding external links)

Dr. Leonard Wong spoke on strategic leadership to commanders attending the Infantry Pre-Command Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, on October 23.

Dr. Douglas Johnson is assisting in the Naval War College's efforts to revise the Maritime Strategy.

COL (Ret) John Martin and other SSI researchers provided significant comments on the draft Army Strategy Planning Guidance through Training & Doctrine Command to Headquarters, Department of the Army.

COL Joe Nunez presented a lecture, "Canadian Military Power and Strategy," at Queen's University and Royal Military College on October 11 and 12 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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