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New Publications
Strategic Planning by the Chairmen, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1990 to 2005, by Dr. Richard Meinhart. This Letort Paper reveals what strategic leaders can learn from the Chairmen Joint Chiefs of Staff's strategic planning in the 1990s through 2005. The author examines how the Chiefs' planning system evolved as it retained stability in plans and resource products and accommodated changes in vision, strategies, and assessments.

Addicted to Oil: Strategic Implications of American Oil Policy, by Commander Thomas Kraemer, USN. The author of examines President Bush's goal "to replace more than 75% of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025." Since only 18% of oil imports are projected to come from that region in 2025, in reality the Bush goal results in just a 14% decrease in U.S. oil consumption. The author views the Bush plan as the first step to wean America from this addiction and recommends other means to further insure future U.S. energy independence.

Upcoming Colloquia
Interagency Operations: Cultural Conflicts Past and Present, Future Perspectives
June 15-16, 2006 - Paris, France

Defence, Development, and Diplomacy: The Canadian and US Military Perspectives
June 21-23, 2006 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada

The Other Special Relationship: The United States and Australia at the Start of the 21st Century (Part II of II)
July 3-5, 2006 - Canberra, Australia

The conference below is not affiliated with USAWC
Global Legal Challenges: Command of the Commons, Strategic Communications, and Natural Disasters June 28-30, 2006 - U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
Monthly Op-Ed
Value Projection and American Foreign Policy, by Dr. Douglas J. Macdonald.

Coming Soon
Friction in U.S. Foreign Policy: Cultural Difficulties with the World, by Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Stewart.

Taming the Next Set of Strategic Weapons Threats, edited by Mr. Henry Sokolski.

Strategic Challenges for Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terrorism, edited by Dr. Williamson Murray.

News and Updates
Dr. Steven Metz has returned to SSI after a year-long sabbatical to work on a book entitled Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy.

Dr. Andrew Terrill visited Qatar, UAE, and Kuwait on a research trip during which he spoke with a variety of officials from these countries. At the request of the embassies, he gave a number of public presentations on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Dr. Sherifa Zuhur presented an invited lecture on Hamas and inter-Palestinian conflict at the University of Oregon. During a trip to Saudi Arabia, she interviewed political reformers, newly elected officials in Riyadh and Jeddah, and the Minister of Social Affairs.

Dr. Stephen Blank lectured at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Russo-Chinese energy relations.

COL (Ret) John. Martin was interviewed about his experience in Iraq in 2003 by Dr. Terry Beckenbaugh of the Combat Studies Institute at Ft. Leavenworth. Dr. Beckenbaugh is working on the sequel to "On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom".

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The views expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. This newsletter is cleared for public release; distribution is limited.