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Stability Operations And State-Building: Continuities And Contingencies - Colloquium Report By Strategic Studies Institute et al.
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State-building is nothing new for the U.S. military. The current age of state-building may be traced back at least to U.S. involvement in the various Balkan conflicts. But with the advent of the... More > Global War on Terror and the subsequent interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. military, especially the Army and the Marines Corps, has been faced with an unprecedented challenge to reestablish entire countries and rebuild their institutions. It is no secret that our forces have suffered through a significant learning process to achieve the success and continued movement towards functioning states which currently marks our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the publication of Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 3000.05, Military Support for Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) Operations, in November 2005, the Defense establishment addressed this area of state-building and stability operations.< Less
Leadership And National Security Reform: The Next President’s Agenda - Colloquium Report By Strategic Studies Institute et al.
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On March 20, 2008, the Bush School of Government and Public Service and the European Union Center of Excellence of Texas A&M University teamed with the LBJ School of the University of Texas at... More > Austin and with the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute for a program to examine the choices facing the American voter in foreign and defense policy in the November 2008 elections. This colloquium examined the conditions existing in the contemporary threat environment and how they may shape American security policy for the next presidential administration. Integral to this objective is articulating how U.S. threats, policies, and strategies have changed since 2001, and how the national security system has been slow in adjusting to changing operating requirements. The colloquium highlighted differing notions of national security and the difficulty of aligning and synchronizing competing visions and missions represented by various government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, military services...< Less
EAST ASIAN SECURITY: TWO VIEWS - The Security Challenges in Northeast Asia: A Chinese View - Security Challenges to the United States in Northeast Asia: Looking beyond the Transformation of the Six-Party Talks By Strategic Studies Institute et al.
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Northeast Asia is the most dynamic sector of the global economy, and the most dynamic element is undoubtedly the rise of China. However, in this region conflicts dating back to the Cold War have not... More > yet found resolution. The imbalance between economic progress and political stagnation ensures that international affairs pose many challenges to governments and to students alike. The two papers herein, originally presented at the Strategic Studies Institute’s 2007 annual Strategy Conference, highlight the challenges posed by the rise of China and by the new possibility for making progress on Korean issues due to the Six- Party Agreements on North Korean proliferation of February 13, 2007. In keeping with the conference’s theme, “Regional Challenges to American Security,” Dr. Chu Shulong, the first paper’s author, presents a view of China’s interests, goals, and perspectives on Northeast Asian issues.< Less
North Korea’s Military Threat: Pyongyang’s Conventional Forces, Weapons Of Mass Destruction, And Ballistic Missiles By Andrew Scobell et al.
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North Korea is a country of paradoxes and contradictions. Although it remains an economic basket case that cannot feed and clothe its own people, it nevertheless possesses one of the world’s... More > largest armed forces. Whether measured in terms of the total number of personnel in uniform, numbers of special operations soldiers, the size of its submarine fleet, quantity of ballistic missiles in its arsenal, or its substantial weapons of mass destruction programs, Pyongyang is a major military power. North Korea’s latest act to demonstrate its might was the seismic event on October 9, 2006. The authors of this monograph set out to assess the capabilities and discern the intentions of North Korea’s People’s Army.< Less
Political Trends In The New Eastern Europe: Ukraine And Belarus - Belarus And Russia: Comradeship-in-arms In Preempting Democracy - Ukraine: Domestic Changes And Foreign Policy Reconfiguration By Strategic Studies Institute et al.
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Belarus remains the last true dictatorship in Europe. As such, its internal and external security agenda is an abiding matter of concern to the European and Western communities. But its trajectory is... More > of equal concern to Moscow, which has been the prime external supporter and subsidizer of the Belarussian government under President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. So while Europe seeks to induce democratic change and democratic forces are trying to establish themselves in the face of withering oppression, Russia has hitherto been the main external prop for Lukashenka’s policies. But despite this support—most pronounced until 2007 in terms of defense cooperation which is continuing, and in energy subsidies which are being terminated—tensions between Moscow and Minsk are growing. The brief energy cutoffs imposed by Moscow at the start of the year and Belarus’ retaliation shows that not all is well in that relationship.< Less

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