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New Publications
The Promise and Pitfalls of Grand Strategy, by Dr. Hal Brands. This monograph offers a critical analysis of the idea of "grand strategy." It explains why grand strategy is simultaneously so important and so difficult to do, and offers suggestions for how U.S. officials might approach the challenges of grand strategy in the 21st century.

Perspectives on Russian Foreign Policy, by Dr. Stephen J. Blank. Charles de Gaulle said that states are cold monsters. To see how perhaps one of the coldest of these monsters thinks about and acts in world politics take a look at these essays from SSI's annual Russia conference of September 26-27, 2011.

Hidden Dragon, Crouching Lion: How China's Advance in Africa is Underestimated and Africa's Potential Underappreciated, by David E. Brown. In 2010, China eclipsed the United States as Africa's largest trading partner. Beijing has accomplished this by using a tied aid, trade, and development finance strategy to promote its commercial and political interests on the continent, and its status as a rising global power. This monograph examines the origins of China's rapid economic advance in Africa; whether this advance will help or hurt Africa; and, the implications that this economic advance will have for the United States.

The Prospects for Security Sector Reform in Tunisia: A Year After the Revolution, by Dr. Querine Hanlon. The Arab Spring began in Tunisia, and in the year since the revolution, Tunisia has undergone a remarkable transition to democratic rule. The legacy of the previous regime looms large, however, as Tunisia's new government faces major challenges implementing Security Sector Reform.

Finding "The Right Way": Toward an Army Institutional Ethic, by LTC Clark C. Barrett. This monograph suggests the U.S. Army profession's most worrisome cultural shortcoming is the lack of a codified institutional ethic and a means of peer-to-peer self-governance. This paper describes the problem, provides a review of the literature, and supplies and justifies a proposed institutional and individual Army Ethic.

Russia and the Current State of Arms Control, by Dr. Stephen J. Blank. The chapters in this volume focus on Russian developments in arms control in the light of the so-called New Start Treaty signed and ratified in 2010 by Russia and the United States in Prague, Czech Republic.

Full-time Opportunity
The U.S. Army War College is seeking an editor for Parameters. Please see the job description on USAJobs.

2012-2013 KSIL
The 2012-13 Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) Update No. 01 is now online. The purpose of the Key Strategic Issues List is to provide military and civilian researchers a ready reference for issues of special interest to the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense.

Coming Soon
Russia's Homegrown Insurgency: Jihad in the North Caucasus, edited by Stephen J. Blank

Lead Me, Follow Me, Or Get Out Of My Way: Rethinking And Refining The Civil-Military Relationship, by Mark R. Shulman

A "Hollow Army" Reappraised: President Carter, Defense Budgets, and the Politics of Military Readiness, by Frank L. Jones

The Future of American Landpower: Does Forward Presence Still Matter? The Case of the Army in Europe, by John R. Deni

Monthly Op-Ed
Rethinking the American Way of War and the Role of Landpower, by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II

Proposals For Partnerships Due
Through our Academic Engagement Program, SSI collaborates with premier universities and research institutes to examine key strategic issues identified by the Army and the Joint Community. Academic and other institutions wishing to partner with SSI should immediately submit a proposal. Please review solicitation W911S0-12-R-0015 and contact Justin Balster with any questions. Both a sample and Mr. Balster's contact information are available at the solicitation link.

Upcoming Events
The New Mexican Government and Its Prospects
September 27, 2012 — Washington, DC

Cyberspace: Malevolent Actors, Criminal Opportunities and Strategic Competition
November 1-2, 2012 — Pittsburgh, PA

Brazil's Evolving Defense Policy
November 1, 2012 — Washington, DC

Retrenchment and/or Renewal: Grand Strategy in Times of Fiscal Constraint
November 9-12, 2012 — Chapel Hill, NC

Bosnia on the Brink of a Failed State: A Call for a Post-Dayton Policy Roadmap
November 13, 2012 — Washington, DC

Extra Hemispheric Influences in Latin America
November 29, 2012 — Washington, DC

The United States-India Relationship in the 21st Century: Challenges for Strategic Leaders: Opportunities for Cross-Sector Collaboration to Promote Sustainable Development
March 12-14, 2013 — Carlisle, PA

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The Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower & Reserve Affairs (ASA [M&RA]) recently assigned SSI two senior research fellows in the new Department of the Army Senior Executive Talent Management TDY (SETM-TDY) program. The program is designed to provide senior leader development for DA civilians by sending GS-14s and GS-15s for a four month fellowship at strategic organizations. Mr. Steven Whitmore, from Missile Defense Command in Huntsville, AL, will work with SSI's Dr. John Deni, and Mr. Robert Schwartzman, from the Center for Army Leadership at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

On 14 August, Reuters quoted Dr. Andrew Terrill as a Syria subject matter expert in the Khaled Yacoub Oweis article, "Assad's Aleppo focus allows rebel gains in Syria's east."

On August 15, the Eurasia Daily Monitor published Dr. Blank's article, "Russia seeks to Secure Arctic Shelf and Northern Sea passage."

On August 22, Dr. Max Manwaring published a book entitled, The Complexity of Modern Asymmetric Warfare.

On August 30-31, Dr. Jeff McCausland conducted a roundtable discussion with experts at the Asia Pacific Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, focused on the Pakistani nuclear weapons program and its impact on regional stability. On September 6-8, Dr. McCausland attended and participated in a workshop, "Battlefield Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence Strategies." The workshop was conducted in Bangkok, Thailand, and was sponsored by the Department of Energy, International Division.

Beginning the first week of September, Dr. Steve Metz began writing a regular column on security and defense issues called "Strategic Horizons" for weekly publication in World Politics Review. Dr. Metz's 2008 book, Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy, which was written with the support of a USAWC faculty research grant, was listed in the "Strategy and Doctrine" section of the 2012 Australian Chief of Army's Reading List.

On September 6, Dr. John R. Deni had an article published by the Los Angeles Times entitled "Mutual Mistrust in the Pacific."

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