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Training Indigenous Forces in Counterinsurgency: A Tale of Two Insurgencies, by Dr. James S. Corum. This monograph examines the British experience in building and training indigenous police and military forces during the Malaya and Cyprus insurgencies. The two insurgencies provide a dramatic contrast to the issue of training local security forces.

Irregular Enemies and the Essence of Strategy: Can the American Way of War Adapt?, by Dr. Colin S. Gray. The author offers a detailed comparison between the character of irregular warfare, insurgency in particular, and the principal enduring features of the "American way of war." He concludes that there is a serious mismatch between that "way" and the kind of behavior that is most effective in countering irregular foes.

Counterterrorism in African Failed States: Challenges and Potential Solutions, by Colonel Thomas Dempsey. The author finds that current counterterrorism strategies have yielded limited results in addressing the threat posed by terrorist groups operating in and from failed states. He argues that the uniquely challenging conditions require a new approach, integrating the law enforcement and military instruments of power.

Preventive War and Its Alternatives: The Lessons of History, by Dr. Dan Reiter. The author analyzes the performances of preventive attacks, diplomacy, and deterrence in curtailing the NBC threat. He finds that preventive attacks mostly are unsuccessful at delaying the spread of NBC weapons; that nuclear deterrence is highly successful in preventing states' use of NBC weapons; and that diplomacy is moderately successful at curtaining the spread of these weapons.

The Proliferation Security Initiative as a New Paradigm for Peace and Security, by Dr. Mark Shulman. The U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative is a bold and timely multilateral action to prevent the proliferation of WMD and their component materials. This monograph describes the Initiative, its legal status, and its prospects for becoming a significant tool in the quest to prevent mass destruction.

U.S. Military Operations in Iraq: Planning, Combat, and Occupation, by Ms. Kate Phillips, Mr. Shane Lauth, and Ms. Erin Schenk. This report provides a summary of the presentations and a distillation of the findings and conclusions from a colloquium cosponsored by the Strategic Studies Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Monthly Op-Ed
Is Eurasia's Security Order at Risk?, by Dr. Stephen Blank.

Coming Soon
Strategic Planning by the Chairmen, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1990 to 2005, by Dr. Richard Meinhart.

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

News and Updates
The XVII Annual Strategy Conference, entitled "A Nation at War," brought together over 150 government and academic experts, including 12 general officers, to examine our Nation at war in the contexts of homeland security, international relations, reserve components, international law, and international economics. We received an overwhelming positive response from our attendees and we are already planning next year's conference.

Dr. Stephen Blank organized a conference with SSI and the Ellison Center of the University of Washington on "Russo-Western Cooperation and Rivalry in Washington, DC, April 24-26.

Dr A. J. Echevarria II has completed a book-length manuscript on "Clausewitz and Contemporary War", which is now under review at Oxford University Press. The book is aimed at war college students and staff.

The new SSI website was released on April 26. The new website was built with the idea of greatly improving site navigation and usability. Please contact us if you have any comments or questions regarding the site.

Upcoming Colloquia
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
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