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W(H)ITHER CORPS? By D. Robert Worley, Strategic Studies Institute
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In a March 2001 address to the Association of the United States Army, General Eric Shinseki noted, “We are once again an army between the wars, and once again, we are challenged to adjust to... More > break old paradigms. So we are transforming to become strategically responsive and remain dominant across the entire spectrum of military operations.” Army transformation has many dimensions with change in technology, operational methods, and organizations. So far, the focus of organizational transformation has been on the redesign of tactical units such as the interim brigade combat teams. But corps—the Army’s operational level organizations—must also be transformed. In his monograph, Dr. D. Robert Worley of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies provides a history of the structure and function of Army corps and discusses ways they might be redesigned to play an effective role in the 21st century security environment.< Less
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
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
Revising The Two Mtw Force Shaping Paradigm: A “strategic Alternatives Report” From The Strategic Studies Institute By Steven Metz, Strategic Studies Institute
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U.S. military strategy is undergoing its most serious examination since the end of the Cold War. Led by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, this process is designed to assess every dimension of the... More > strategy, including its most basic assumptions and concepts. For the first time in over a decade, everything about U.S. military strategy is subject to question. One of the most important elements of U.S. military strategy for the past ten years has been the belief that a force able to fight two nearly simultaneous major theater wars (MTW) of the DESERT STORM type would be capable of dealing with the full gamut of security challenges that the United States is likely to face. Now nearly every expert on U.S. military strategy agrees that this force shaping paradigm needs a relook.< Less
Strategic Retrenchment and Renewal in the American Experience By Strategic Studies Institute, Peter Feaver
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In recent years, debates over American grand strategy have often focused on the question of whether the United States should retrench geopolitically or seek to renew its international leadership.... More > This collection of essays puts this pressing question in its proper historical and theoretical context. The authors examine past episodes in which American presidents were confronted with similar choices, and they probe theoretical and policy debates over retrenchment, renewal, and their consequences. The result is a volume that enriches our understanding of how American leaders have, can, and should respond to the challenges and opportunities that characterize international relations. The Strategic Studies Institute is pleased to offer this collection as a contribution to the ongoing debate on American grand strategy.< 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
Known Unknowns: Unconventional “Strategic Shocks” In Defense Strategy Development By Strategic Studies Institute, Nathan Freier
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This timely PKSOI Paper on unconventional strategic shock provides the defense policy team a clear warning against excessive adherence to past defense and national security convention. Including the... More > insights of a number of noted scholars on the subjects of “wild cards” and “strategic surprise,” the author, Nathan Freier, argues that future disruptive, unconventional shocks are inevitable. Through strategic impact and potential for disruption and violence, defense-relevant unconventional shocks, in spite of their nonmilitary character, will demand the focused attention of defense leadership, as well as the decisive employment of defense capabilities in response. As a consequence, Mr. Freier makes a solid case for continued commitment by the Department of Defense to prudent strategic hedging against their potential occurrence.< Less