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An Introduction to Theater Strategy and Regional Security, by Lieutenant Colonel Clarence Bouchat. The author of this Letort Paper offers a framework to explain what theater strategy is, its basis, how it is formulated, and how it is executed with emphasis on theater security cooperation. He provides a better understanding of theater strategy's role in defense and national security affairs through examples from a case study.

Negotiation in the New Strategic Environment: Lessons from Iraq, by Dr. David Tressler. No systematic effort has been made to study the negotiating experience of the U.S. military or to understand negotiation's increasingly important role in accomplishing missions. This monograph begins to fill the gap by analyzing the experiences of U.S. Army and Marine Corps officers returning from Iraq.

Latin America's New Security Reality: Irregular Asymmetric Conflict and Hugo Chavez, by Dr. Max Manwaring. President Hugo Chavez is showing no signs of standing down in his verbal sparing match with the United States. He is slowly and deliberately centralizing his power in Venezuela, and carefully and adroitly articulating his Bolivarian dream. The author discusses the possibilities of Chavez's threat coming to fruition.

Right-Sizing the People's Liberation Army: Exploring the Contours of China's Military, edited by Mr. Roy Kamphausen and Dr. Andrew Scobell. This volume addresses how the leadership of China and the PLA view what size PLA best meets China's requirements. Among other things, this analytical process makes important new contributions on the question of PLA transparency, long an issue among PLA watchers.

Coming Soon
China's Expansion into and U.S. Withdrawal from Argentina's Telecommunications and Space Industries and the Implications for U.S. National Security, by Ms. Janie Hulse.

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.

Monthly Op-Ed
Grunts and Jarheads: Rethinking the Army-Marine Division of Labor by Dr. Steven Metz.

Upcoming Events
The "People" in the PLA: Recruitment, Training, and Education in China's 80-Year Old Military
September 28-30, 2007 - Carlisle, PA

Of Interest
Islamic Fundamentalism in South Asia (Part III) by Jere Van Dyk

News and Updates
On August 30, Dr. Douglas Johnson conducted a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield for twenty-two officers from the Dominican Republic. The battlefield tour is one of several visits that comprise the Dominicans' U.S. orientation.

Dr. Stephen Blank presented a paper, "Project 2008: Notes on the Russian Succession," to the annual convention of the American Political Science Association in Chicago on August 31.

Dr. Blank published three items:
  • "Project 2008: Notes on the Russian Succession," Strategic Insights, VI, No. 5, August 2007
  • "Russia Targets Missile Defense," Perspective, XVII, No. 4, July-August 2007
  • "U.S. Interests in Central Asia and the Challenges to Them," Demokratizatsiya, XV, No. 3, Summer 2007.
Dr. Steven Metz will be on sabbatical in September and October to complete his book, Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy, to be published in 2008.

Dr. Metz participated in a workshop entitled "Confronting Iran: U.S. Options" which was sponsored by the McCormick Tribune Foundation and American Foreign Policy Council.

LTC Raymond Millen and LTC Nathan Freier have returned home from theater.

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