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Security Requirements For Post-Transition Cuba By Strategic Studies Institute & G. Alexander Crowther
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The United States, particularly the Army, has a long history of involvement with Cuba. This history has included the Spanish-American War of 1898, military interventions in 1906 and 1912, the 1961... More > Bay of Pigs Invasion, the 1962 Missile Crisis, counterinsurgency, and low intensity warfare in Latin America and Africa against Cuban supported guerrilla movements. During the Cold War, Fidel Castro’s communist takeover on January 1, 1959, heightened U.S. concerns and highlighted the threat Cuba posed as a strategic ally of the Soviet Union. The collapse of the Soviet bloc in the 1990s raised hopes for an end to the communist regime in Cuba. However, after almost 5 decades of authoritarian rule, the Cuban dictator remains firmly in power. On July 31, 2006, his brother, Raul Castro, assumed provisional presidential power after an official announcement that Fidel was ill and would undergo surgery.< Less
Political Warfare In Sub-Saharan Africa: U.S. Capabilities And Chinese Operations In Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, And South Africa By Strategic Studies Institute & Donovan C. Chau
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Africa today has emerged as a continent of strategic consequence. Domestic and international terrorism aside, the two great powers of our time, the United States and the People’s Republic of... More > China (PRC), are vying for influence over African governments and people. Not unlike the Cold War, the primary means of exerting influence in Africa is through the use of nonviolent instruments of grand strategy. In this monograph, Dr. Donovan Chau considers one nonviolent instrument of grand strategy in particular, political warfare. Retracing the origins and mischaracterizations of political warfare, Dr. Chau suggests that the PRC has used political warfare as its leading grand strategic instrument in Africa. The monograph offers a concise, detailed overview of U.S. capabilities to conduct political warfare in Africa. It then examines PRC political warfare operations in four regional “anchor” states—Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.< Less
Alliances And American National Security By Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall & Strategic Studies Institute
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One of the greatest challenges facing the United States today is the translation of its overwhelming might into effective influence. Traditionally, the United States has leveraged its power through... More > bilateral and multilateral alliances. However, the end of the Cold War and the events of September 11, 2001, have led some policymakers and analysts to question the value of alliances in American foreign and defense policy. This monograph by Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood- Randall, one of the nation’s leading specialists on alliance politics, makes the case that allies are more important than ever to the achievement of U.S. national security goals. She argues that existing American alliances need to be modernized and strengthened, and that new alliances should be established. She also stresses the value of peacetime security cooperation, which builds partnerships that may become alliances. Dr. Sherwood-Randall describes the need to evolve the concept of alliances...< Less
Transforming Defense By Conrad C. Crane & Strategic Studies Institute
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Even before the Bush administration in Washington began its defense reviews, the topic of transforming America’s armed forces to meet the security demands of the post-Cold War era and beyond... More > was receiving much attention. The sharp debates about the direction and impact of President George W. Bush’s and Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s plans for defense reform have magnified that trend. For that reason, the theme of the Twelfth Annual Strategy Conference conducted by the U.S. Army War College in April 2001, “Transforming Defense in an Era of Peace and Prosperity,” was especially timely. The ideas and issues presented in this collection of papers from that gathering will educate and inform anyone interested in the past and future course of American defense reform. Though conference attendees had many differing opinions about the barriers to defense transformation and how to overcome them, a broad consensus formed that some change is essential to meet future security requirements.< Less
Medvedev’s Plan: Giving Russia A Voice But Not A Veto In A New European Security System [Enlarged Edition] By Richard J. Krickus & Strategic Studies Institute
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The author addresses the question of how to give Russia a voice but not a veto in a new European security system and provides some provocative recommendations. Most specifically, he proposes that the... More > time has come to provide Russia with a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) and agrees that those who argue against it remain mired in a Cold War mindset that is out of sync with today’s strategic realities. Ultimately, a campaign to include Russia in NATO may fail but at the very least, the endeavor deserves serious consideration he believes. He also provides compelling reasons why U.S. defense analysts must consider several future outcomes for Russia. In addition to being the only state that is capable of devastating the United States in a nuclear exchange, most of the world’s population and resources exist on the borders of its massive territory. Its future then, will shape the global strategic environment for decades to come.< Less
Prospects for U.S.-Russian Security Cooperation [Enlarged Edition] By Stephen J. Blank & Strategic Studies Institute
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Russia, despite claims made for and against its importance, remains, by any objective standard, a key player in world affairs. Russia is an important barometer of trends in world politics, e.g., the... More > course of democratization in the world. Furthermore, Russia, if it were so disposed, could be the abettor and/or supporter of a host of negative trends in the world today. Even so, if U.S. policymakers and analysts see Russia more as a spoiler than as a constructive partner (whether rightly or wrongly), the fact remains that during the Cold War the Soviet Union was an active supporter of threats to world order such as international terrorism, and carried on a global arms race with the West. We negotiated productively with it on issues like arms control and proliferation. Today, no matter how bad Russo-American or East-West relations may be, no such threats are present or immediately discernible on the horizon.< Less
Once Again, the Challenge to the U.S. Army During A Defense Reduction: To Remain A Military Profession (Enlarged Edition) By Don M. Snider & Strategic Studies Institute
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As with the post-Cold War downsizing during the Clinton administration in the late 1990s, one critical challenge for the U.S. Army centers on the qualitative, institutional character of the Army... More > after the reductions—will it manifest the essential characteristics and behavior of a military profession with soldiers and civilians who see themselves sacrificially called to vocation and its service to country within a motivating professional culture that sustains a meritocratic ethic, or will the Army’s character be more like any other government occupation in which its members view themselves as filing a job, motivated mostly by the extrinsic factors of pay, location, and work hours? In mid-2010, the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff directed the Commanding General, Training and Doctrine Command, then General Martin Dempsey, to undertake a broad campaign of learning, involving the entire Department. The intent was to think through just it means for the Army to be a profession...< Less
Castro’s Cuba: Quo Vadis? By Francisco Wong-Diaz & Strategic Studies Institute
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The United States, particularly the Army, has a long history of involvement with Cuba. It has included, among others, the Spanish-American War of 1898, military interventions in 1906 and 1912, the... More > 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion, the 1962 Missile Crisis, counterinsurgency, and low intensity warfare in Latin America and Africa against Cuban supported guerrilla movements. During the Cold War, Fidel Castro’s Communist takeover on January 1, 1959, heightened U.S. concerns and highlighted the threat Cuba posed as a strategic ally of the Soviet Union. The collapse of the Soviet bloc in the 1990s raised hopes for an end to the Communist regime in Cuba. However, after almost 5 decades of authoritarian one-man rule, the Cuban dictator remains firmly in power. On July 31, his brother, Raul Castro, assumed provisional presidential power after an official announcement that Fidel was ill and would undergo surgery. This monograph is designed to contribute to the process of understanding the strategic and political...< Less
Russia and the Current State of Arms Control (Enlarged Edition) By U.S. Army War College et al.
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Arms control remains the central issue in U.S.-Russian relations. This is so for many reasons, not least of which are the respective capabilities of these two states and their consequent... More > responsibility for preventing both nuclear proliferation and the outbreak of war between them. Thus the state of the bilateral relationship is usually directly proportional to the likelihood of their finding common ground on arms control. To the extent that they can find such ground, chances for an agreement on what have been the more intractable issues of regional security in Eurasia and the Third World grow, and the converse is equally true.< Less
"A Study in Scarlet" and "The Sign of the Four": Two Sherlock Holmes Novels By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Sherlock Holmes, the coldly-calculating sleuth that has thrilled and awed readers for well over a century, is introduced here in two early novels--"A Study in Scarlet" (1887), and "The... More > Sign of the Four" (1890), both of which introduce the reader to the amazing, thrill-packed adventures of this enduring, spectacular literary creation. A character so iconic and incredible, some people actually mistake him for having been a real person. Two Victorian classics, presented here once again.< Less

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