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Waging Ancient War: Limits On Preemptive Force By D. Robert Worley, Strategic Studies Institute
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For decades, the idea of containment held together a political coalition within the United States that maintained a large, peacetime military for the only time in American history. The same strategic... More > conception held together a multinational military alliance. The strategic debate that followed the Cold War includes hegemonic primacy, classic collective security, cooperative security orienting on preventing the acquisition of power, selective engagement, and restrictive or neo-isolationist alternatives. But no political consensus has yet to form around any of these alternatives, nor does a consensus appear to be forming. The current debate is conducted in the familiar language of international relations and the U.S. position within the system of states. A major conclusion of this study is that the concepts on the use of force and the well-established language of international relations are inadequate to the current “war on terrorism.”< Less
War In The Balkans, 1991-2002 By R. Craig Nation, Strategic Studies Institute
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Armed conflict on the territory of the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001 claimed over 200,000 lives, gave rise to atrocities unseen in Europe since the Second World War, and left behind a... More > terrible legacy of physical ruin and psychological devastation. Unfolding against the background of the end of cold war bipolarity, the new Balkan wars sounded a discordant counterpoint to efforts to construct a more harmonious European order, were a major embarrassment for the international institutions deemed responsible for conflict management, and became a preoccupation for the powers concerned with restoring regional stability. After more than a decade of intermittent hostilities the conflict has been contained, but only as a result of significant external interventions and the establishment of a series of de facto international protectorates, patrolled by UN, NATO, and EU sponsored peacekeepers with open-ended mandates.< Less
U.S. National Security Implications Of Chinese Involvement In Latin America By R. Evan Ellis, Strategic Studies Institute
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In this monograph, Dr. Evan Ellis seeks to do several things. He documents and examines the character of the new and increasing Chinese engagement in the Western Hemisphere. He then takes the... More > analysis a step further by examining some of the potential dynamics of the Chinese engagement and its consequences for the long-term security interests of the United States. Dr. Ellis argues that China is both a significant competitor, and a potential partner of the United States in the region. Although he argues that China increasingly will vie with the United States for the hemisphere’s resources and political allegiances, he also notes that China’s growing dependence on its trade and investment in Latin America will give it security and stability interests that coincide with those of the United States. At the same time, the author warns that the combination of competition, trade, investment, political interests, and concomitant Chinese population increase in the region is likely to change the economic structure...< Less
Russia, The United States, And The Caucasus By R. Craig Nation, Strategic Studies Institute
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In the post-Soviet period, the Caucasus region has been a source of chronic instability and conflict: Unresolved “frozen conflicts” in Abkhazia, Southern Ossetia, and Nagorno Karabakh;... More > continuing armed resistance in secessionist Chechnya and associated Islamic radicalism; the “Rose Revolution” in Georgia and Tbilisi’s subsequent efforts to realign with the West; competition for access to the oil and natural gas reserves of the Caspian basin—these kinds of factors and more have ensured that the region would become and remain a source of significant international engagement and concern. Professor R. Craig Nation’s monograph highlights the kind of conflicting interests that have made Russian-American relations in the region highly competitive. But he also addresses areas of shared priorities and mutual advantage that provide a potential foundation for more benign engagement that can work to contain conflict and head off further regional disintegration.< Less
Strategy, National Interests, And Means To An End By Stephen D. Sklenka, Strategic Studies Institute
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This paper focuses on the interrelationship among national interests, stated ends, means to achieve those ends, and the strategies required to tie all of them together into a cohesive and effective... More > vision for the commitment of U.S. forces. The introduction addresses the current U.S. debate regarding proposed actions in the Iraq War and postulates that the lack of true strategic discussion, particularly by our national leadership who instead prefer to focus on far less appropriate discussions such as tactics and techniques, inhibits the development of a comprehensive and effective overarching vision and ultimately is to blame for the setbacks that the U.S.-led coalition has experienced in Iraq. This lack of strategic foresight, however, is not surprising and has become endemic to American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. The fact that so much of U.S. post-Cold War foreign policy involves interventions merely exacerbates the difficulties a lack of strategic foresight engenders.< Less
Getting Ready for A Nuclear-Ready Iran By Henry Sokolski, Patrick Clawson, Strategic Studies Institute
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Getting Ready for a Nuclear Iran Dr. Joel J. Sokolsky Mr. Henry D. Sokolski Mr. Patrick Clawson Iran United States United Kingdom European Union France Germany Israel Saudi Arabia Persian Gulf Turkey... More > Egypt Iraq Syria nuclear proliferation ballistic missiles Montreux Convention Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty International Atomic Energy Agency uranium enrichment plutonium reprocessing Dimona The Prevention of Incidents at Sea Agreement of 1972 INCSEA sea control Straits of Hormuz oil terrorism nuclear weapons deterrence containment economic sanctions Begin Doctrine Lausanne Convention liquefied natural gas Abu Masa Greater and Lesser Tunbs United Arab Emirates OPEC Hizbullah oil pipelines centrifuges surgical strikes nuclear safeguards verification compliance Middle East Busheir reactors nuclear power Homeland Security Irregular Challenges Southwest Asia Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran< Less
Real Leadership and the U.S. Army: Overcoming a Failure of Imagination to Conduct Adaptive Work [Enlarged Edition] By John B. Richardson IV, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
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This monograph leads with a case study which provides a means for analyzing the complexity of organizational leadership in the contemporary security environment. The study presents a high stakes... More > problem-set requiring an operational adaptation by a cavalry squadron in Baghdad. This problematic reality triggers the struggle in finding a creative solution, as cultural norms serve as barriers against overturning accepted solutions that have proven successful in the past, even if they do not fit in the context of the reality of the present. The case study highlights leaders who are constrained by assumptions and as a result, the consequences of failing to adapt quickly to a changed environment. Through reflection and a willingness to experiment and assume risk, the case study transitions into an example of a successful application of adaptive leadership and adaptive work performed by the organization.< Less
Cyber Infrastructure Protection [Enlarged Edition] By Tarek Saadawi et al.
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This book provides an integrated view and a comprehensive framework of the various issues relating to cyber infrastructure protection. It provides the foundation for a long-term policy and roadmap... More > for cyber security as well as technology challenges. The book is divided into three main parts. The first part deals with strategy and policy issues related to cyber security. It provides a cyber power theory, discussion of Internet survivability as well as large scale data breaches and the role of cyber power in humanitarian assistance. The second part covers social and legal aspects and discusses the attack dynamics of political and religiously motivated hackers. The third part discusses the technical aspects including the resilience of data centers, intrusion detection, and with strong focus on IP-networks.< Less
The Effectiveness of Drone Strikes in Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism Campaigns (Enlarged Edition) By Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, James Igoe Walsh
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The United States increasingly relies on unmanned aerial vehicles to target insurgent and terrorist groups around the world. This monograph analyzes the available research and evidence that assesses... More > the political and military consequences of drone strikes. It is not clear if drone strikes have degraded their targets, or that they kill enough civilians to create sizable public backlashes against the United States. Drones are a politically and militarily attractive way to counter insurgents and terrorists, but, paradoxically, this may lead to their use in situations where they are less likely to be effective and where they are difficult to predict consequences.< Less
China-Russia Security Relations: Strategic Parallelism Without Partnership Or Passion? By Strategic Studies Institute, Richard Weitz
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Chinese-Russian security relations directly concern many subjects of interest to the Strategic Studies Institute. These areas include regional conflicts, nonproliferation issues, and military force... More > balances. Given the importance of these two countries in international affairs, however, almost any foreign policy action of their governments affects some American national interest. For almost 2 decades, China and Russia have been strengthening their security ties. Nonetheless, as this monograph makes clear, the relationship between Beijing and Moscow remains in flux. In some cases, they share overlapping interests. In other instances, they compete for power and wealth, particularly for oil and gas resources. Many factors will affect Sino-Russian ties— including developments within China and Russia as well as external events. As part of this mix, American policies will also have some impact on the future foreign behavior of both countries.< Less