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Strategic Insights
Cyber (In)Security, the Americas, and U.S. National Security, by Dr. Jose de Arimateia da Cruz

2016 - 2017 KSIL
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.

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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The 2016 Summer issue of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters, is here. It has articles addressing Russian Military Power, Challenges in Asia, and much more.

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

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.

Be sure to keep checking here for information on next year's conference.
Research & Analysis
Coming Soon
Should We Let the Bomb Spread? by Henry D. Sokolski

Deterring Cybertrespass and Securing Cyberspace: Lessons from United States Border Control Strategies, by Mary Manjikian

Alternative Governance Structures in Megacities: Threats or Opportunities?, by Diane E. Chido

Prospects for the Rule of Law in Cyberspace, by Keir Giles
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SSI contributor Dr. Jose de Arimateia da Cruz was the the Keynote Speaker at the 3ID Equal Opportunity National Hispanic American Heritage on September 21, 2016.

On 21 Sep 2016, USAWC/SSI conducted a half-day conference on the 2016 German Security and Defense White Paper entitled, "German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr: Challenges, Choices, Consequences." The event was held at the DC offices of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) and was organized and implemented in partnership with SAIS's American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). Presenters included German government officials such as BG Carsten Breuer (Director, White Paper Group) and AMB Peter Wittig. American presenters included Michèle Flournoy (CNAS); Stephen J. Flanagan (RAND); Derek Chollet (GMFUS); Kurt Volker (McCain Institute); and Karl-Heinz Kamp (BAKS). More information on the event can be found at

The faculty of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) includes a carefully selected mix of men and women with deep experience in military and national security strategy. To provide a venue for their analysis of the challenges and best practices of strategic leadership and to make available to the students and faculty of USAWC and other institutions in the professional military educational system, the Strategic Studies Institute has created the "practitioners' corner."

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