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Monday, March 3, 2008

Strategic Studies Institute - March 2008 Newsletter

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New Publications
Falling Behind: International Security and the Peaceful Atom, edited by Mr. Henry Sokolski. This book considers the effectiveness of the International Atomic Energy Agency's safeguards system. A key conclusion of the book's research is that the IAEA is falling behind in achieving its material accountancy mission and risks slipping further unless members of the IAEA board take remedial actions in the next two to five years. The book provides recommendations on how this might be accomplished. Developing Strategic Leaders for the 21st Century, by Dr. Jeffrey McCausland. This monograph focuses on the human capital required to succeed in the contemporary national security environment. The author examines the many studies by government and private agencies about the issue; reviews current development programs in Department of Defense, Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency; and proposes a National Security Professional Program to meet this pressing need. Dissent and Strategic Leadership of the Military Professions, by Dr. Don Snider. The author of this monograph develops a moral framework with which to analyze the "Revolt of the Generals"�the 2006 flag officers' dissent with the policies of the Pentagon. He concludes that effective stewardship of the profession by the Army's current strategic leaders has been made more difficult by the "Revolt," and recommends that they refurbish and uphold the traditional ethic on public dissent as a means to reassert control over critical jurisdictions of the profession. The North Korean Ballistic Missile Program, by Dr. Daniel Pinkston. North Korea has actively sought foreign technology and assistance, particularly from China and Russia, to develop its missile capabilities, and has now become a major missile exporter, creating instability in the region. In this monograph, the author examines North Korea's ballistic missile program in depth and its national strategy and motivations, as well as its accompanying proliferation activities.
Coming Soon
Towards a New Russia Policy, by Dr. Stephen Blank. Drug Intoxicated Irregular Fighters: Complications, Dangers and Responses, by Dr. Paul Rexton Kan. The Political Context behind Successful Revolutionary Movements, Three Case Studies: Vietnam (1955-63), Algeria 1945-62), and Nicaragua (1967-79), by LTC Raymond Millen. Projecting Pyongyang: The Future of North Korea's Kim Jong Il Regime, by Andrew Scobell. Precision in the Global War on Terror: Inciting Muslims through the War of Ideas, by Dr. Sherifa Zuhur. Security Sector Reform in Liberia: Mixed Results from Humble Beginnings, by Mr. Mark Malon.
Monthly Op-Ed
After Fidel, The Deluge? by COL Alex Crowther.
Upcoming Events
Seminar Series on Future Defense Dilemmas: The State of the U.S. Military Reserve Components March 6, 2008 - Washington, DC Borders, Technology, and Security: Strategic Responses to New Challenges March 21-April 1, 2008 - Las Cruces, NM 11th Annual Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium: Transformation for Cooperation April 2-4, 2008 - Miami, FL View the info brochure. Registration deadline is March 28. More Details. XIX Annual Strategy Conference: Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power April 8-10, 2008 - Carlisle, PA 3rd Annual North American Security Colloquium: Wars Without Borders June 17-19, 2008 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Annual Strategy Conference
Conference registration is now online. The U.S. Army War College invites you to join us from April 8-10 for the XIX Annual Strategy Conference "Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power." Working conference details, such as speakers and the agenda, are also online.
News and Updates
COL Alex Crowther will discuss "The Impact of Iraq on U.S.-Latin American Relations" at George Washington University, on March 4, 2008, 10:00AM-11:30AM, Suite 451, Duques Hall, 2201 G Street, NW, Washington, DC. To register for this event call (202) 994-5225 or e-mail rsvpclai@gwu.edu With COL Trey Braun serving as panel moderator, COL Alex Crowther and LTC Raymond Millen gave presentations titled: "The Embassy at War" and "Community-Based State Building: A Bottom-up Approach" respectively at a joint SSI-Austin Peay State University research colloquium in Clarksville, TN, February 13-15, 2008. LTC Raymond Millen hosted a 101st Division (Airborne) Red Team visit for Afghanistan on February 19. In support of the fact-finding visit, LTC Millen brought together War College students who had served in Afghanistan and Pakistan/Afghanistan experts from PKSOI.
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