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Friday, February 29, 2008

New from the Strategic Studies Institute

A number of new publications have been released by the Army's Strategic Studies Institute already this year and you can view each of these in their entirety online. Select this link to browse these new titles.

Titles include:

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Chechen Jihad

Check out the CARL holdings of Chechen jihad : al Qaeda's training ground and the next wave of terror

About this book: "In this authoritative look at the roots of modern terrorism, Yossef Bodansky, one of the most respected—and best-informed—experts on radical Islamism in the world today, pinpoints the troubled region of Chechnya as a dangerous and little-understood crucible of terror in the struggle between East and West. In his number one New York Times bestseller, Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America, published before 9/11, Bodansky was among the first to introduce American readers to Osama bin Laden. Now in Chechen Jihad he returns to alert American readers to the lessons to be drawn from the terror campaign in Chechnya—and its ramifications for the global war on terrorism."

Monday, February 25, 2008

Latest Articles - Subject Terrorism

Cinderella Story. By: Crowley, Michael. New Republic, 2/27/2008, Vol. 238 Issue 3, p14-16, 3p; (AN 29360560)
Why the Surge Worked. By: Duffy, Michael; Kukis, Mark; Pepper, Daniel; Ezzat, Mazin; Thompson, Mark; Bennett, Brian. Time, 2/11/2008, Vol. 171 Issue 6, p28-33, 6p; (AN 28812233)
One Year Later, A Different Map. By: Duffy, Michael; Kukis, Mark; Pepper, Daniel; Ezzat, Mazin; Thompson, Mark; Bennett, Brian. Time, 2/11/2008, Vol. 171 Issue 6, p32-33, 2p; (AN 28812461)
THE SURGE BY THE NUMBERS. By: Duffy, Michael; Kukis, Mark; Pepper, Daniel; Ezzat, Mazin; Thompson, Mark; Bennett, Brian. Time, 2/11/2008, Vol. 171 Issue 6, p32-33, 2p; (AN 28812560)

Military History and International Affairs - Latest Published Scholarly Articles

Results
Navy SEAL Awarded Medal of Honor for Action in Afghanistan. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p10-10, 3/4p; (AN 28832233)
Tick: First Bioweapon? Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p11-11, 1/4p; (AN 28832235)
French Minister Seeks Return of Napoléon III. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p13-13, 1/4p; (AN 28832239)
Paul Cartledge: East vs. West at Thermopylae. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p14-15, 2p; (AN 28832242)
from Cynoscephalae. By: Gabriel, Richard A.. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p17-17, 1p; (AN 28832243)
Showdown at Chau Doc. By: Mackey, Robert. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p19-19, 1p; (AN 28832244)
T-34/76. By: Guttman, Jon. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p23-23, 1p; (AN 28832246)
On Valor. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p25-25, 1p; (AN 28832247)
CHURCHILL Takes Charge. (cover story) By: Murray, Williamson. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p26-33, 8p;
SNIPER. By: Norman, Geoffrey. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p34-39, 6p; (AN 28832249)
The Dreyfus Nightmare. By: Porch, Douglas. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p40-47, 8p; (AN 28832250)
Crushed on the Horns of Hattin. By: Lacey, James. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p48-57, 8p; (AN 28832251)
BATTLE OF HATTIN, JULY 4, 1187. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p52-53, 2p; (AN 28832252)
THE CAT IN THE HELMET. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p58-61, 4p; (AN 28832253)
CAN WE TRUST THE ANCIENT TEXTS? By: Gabriel, Richard A.. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p62-69, 8p; (AN 28832254)
A Battle Worth Revisiting. By: Zabecki, David T.. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p70-71, 2p; (AN 28832255)
Liberation or Catastrophe? Reflections on the History of the 20th Century. By: Murray, Williamson. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p71-72, 2p; (AN 28832257)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. By: Burke, Ryan. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p71-71, 1/5p; (AN 28832258)
Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45. By: Murray, Williamson. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p72-73, 2p; (AN 28832259)
Bastogne, Belgium. By: McManus, John C.. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p76-77, 2p; (AN 28832261)
Capo Ferro's Comic Commandos. By: Smith, Elwood H.. Military History, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p80-80, 1p;

Friday, February 22, 2008

Jane's Personalised E-Mail Alert: Counterinsurgency, All Documents

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SECURITY (Iraq) GULFS - 2008/02/18 The Maliki government will likely be faced with serious internal violence throughout its term and indeed this violence is likely to persist for the foree...

The World This Week: Cuba - Campaign 2008 - Pakistan - more

From the Council on Foreign Relations

February 22, 2008

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In this Issue:

Cuba's Comandante Steps Down

Democratic Hair Splitting on Foreign Policy

U.S. Scrambles on Pakistan Policy

Running Rings Around the Beijing Games

Cuba's Comandante Steps Down

Cuba's Fidel Castro has resigned after nearly five decades of rule, leaving his country's immediate fate in the hands of his brother, Raul. Read more

Foreign Affairs: "Fidel's Final Victory" by Julia Sweig

Backgrounder: State Sponsors - Cuba

Backgrounder: U.S.-Cuba Relations

CFR Experts on Cuba

Democratic Hair Splitting on Foreign Policy

Democratic front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama agree on many foreign policy issues, although they continue to try to highlight distinctions. Read more

Backgrounder: Foreign Policy and the 2008 Presidential Nominating Campaigns

Candidate Guides: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama

Campaign 2008 Issue Tracker: The Candidates on Iraq

CFR Experts on U.S. Strategy and Politics

U.S. Scrambles on Pakistan Policy

Pakistan's elections have left the U.S. to recalibrate its policy toward the country, which hinged on Pakistani military action against terrorists. Read more

Policy Options Paper on Pakistan by Daniel Markey

Gwertzman Interview with Fr�d�ric Grare, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Pakistan Facing Period of "Governmental Instability"

Interactive Timeline: U.S.-Pakistan Relations

CFR Experts on Pakistan

Running Rings Around the Beijing Games

Confronted by accusations of a disregard for human rights at home and abroad, Beijing finds the Olympic Games have exposed it to extraordinary international pressure. Read more

CFR Meeting Transcript: Digital Openness in Closed Societies

Backgrounder: U.S. Internet Providers and the "Great Firewall of China"

Backgrounder: Olympic Pressure on China

CFR Experts on China

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Campaign 2008 (2/22): Peter Beinart writes that the class divide is a bigger issue for Republicans than Democrats, in Time.

Business (2/21): Richard Haass discusses what global business leaders can learn from government, in McKinsey Quarterly.

U.S. Security (2/21): Charles Ferguson and Bruce MacDonald write that the Bush administration risked U.S. security interests in shooting down a satellite this week, in the Los Angeles Times.

U.S.-Japan Relations (2/21): Weston Konishi questions whether the Okinawa rape crisis will result in U.S. troop withdrawals from Japan, in the Daily Yomiuri.

Cuba (2/20): Amity Shlaes urges President Bush to take a lesson on Cuba from his father's administration, on Bloomberg.com.

Zimbabwe (2/20): The destruction of a currency is "one of the most reckless and cruel acts of government," argues Michael Gerson, in the Washington Post.

Financial Markets (2/20): Roger Kubarych looks at whether recession can be averted, in the Nikkei Financial Daily.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Land Warfare Studies Centre articles

This month the Editors of the Senior Officer Professional Digest recommend ten articles drawn from professional and academic journals on subjects of interest to military and strategic professionals.

  • The Military and Reconstruction Operations
  • New Challenges and Old Concepts
  • Becoming the enemy
  • On the Consequences of Failure in Iraq
  • On War: Lessons to be Learned
  • What Makes a Terrorist
  • The Biggest Myth
  • China's Military Space Strategy: An Exchange
  • China's Strategic Priorities in International Climate Change Negotiations
  • The Security Implications of Climate Change
You can access the SOPD at:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Recently added documents to the Terrorism MiPAL

The following documents were recently added to MERLN's Terrorism MiPAL:

Refworks Brown Bag session today

The CARL will be offering a Brownbag session today at 1230 in the Library Learning Center on how to use our Refworks online bibliographic citation tool to help you manage your research and writing projects. Bring your lunch to the session today and learn how to make the most of this essential resource.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Janes Online - recent analyses

Jane's Information Group

ARMY (Colombia) SAMS - 2008/02/14 Given the threats facing Colombia and the number of fighters in both guerilla and parliamentary rebel groups, the army is woefully small. It is now...
AIR FORCE (United States) NAMS - 2008/02/15 The United States Air Force (USAF) is the best trained, best equipped and most capable air force in the world. However, numerous challenges on many...
ARMED FORCES (India) SASS - 2008/02/11 In the aftermath of the 1999 clash between India and Pakistan in the Kargil region of the Line of Control, it was recommended that a...

Monday, February 18, 2008

Latest articles - subject terrorism

Subject: Latest Articles - Subject Terrorism

Iraq Reborn. By: MORGAN, WESLEY. National Review, 2/11/2008, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p37-40, 4p; (AN 28680682) http://lumen.cgsccarl.com/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mth&an=28680682&site=ehost-live
Around the World With Shultz. By: NORDLINGER, JAY. National Review, 2/11/2008, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p40-42, 3p; (AN 28680684) http://lumen.cgsccarl.com/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mth&an=28680684&site=ehost-live
The War Against Jihadism. By: Weigel, George. Newsweek, 2/4/2008, Vol. 151 Issue 5, p49-49, 1p, 1c; (AN 28751671) http://lumen.cgsccarl.com/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mth&an=28751671&site=ehost-live
Terrorists on Trial. By: Zagorin, Adam. Time, 2/4/2008, Vol. 171 Issue 5, p16-16, 1/3p; (AN 28713867) http://lumen.cgsccarl.com/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mth&an=28713867&site=ehost-live
Coming to America. By: Benntt, Brian. Time, 2/4/2008, Vol. 171 Issue 5, p40-43, 4p; (AN 28713896) http://lumen.cgsccarl.com/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mth&an=28713896&site=ehost-live

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ambush alley : the most extraordinary battle of the Iraq War

Check the CARL holdings: Ambush alley : the most extraordinary battle of the Iraq War

"March 23, 2003: U.S. Marines from Task Force Tarawa are caught up in one of the most unexpected battles of the Iraq War. What started off as a routine maneuver to secure two key bridges in the town of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq degenerated into a nightmarish twenty-four-hour urban clash in which eighteen young Marines lost their lives and more than thirty-five others were wounded. It was the single heaviest loss suffered by the U.S. military during the initial combat phase of the war." - from the book jacket

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Nagl: Beating Insurgents Takes Unconventional War

"One year ago this week, the U.S. launched the surge in Iraq. The goal was to crack down on a growing insurgency and to create enough "breathing space" for Iraq's fledgling government to advance.There is much debate over whether that surge has worked and what lessons the U.S. military should take from the experience.

Lt. Col. John Nagl has spent a lot of time thinking about how the U.S. should deal with insurgents. Nagl is an expert on counter-insurgency. He spent time in Iraq as an operations officer for a tank battalion in Anbar province and, back home, has been training soldiers to teach and support Afghan and Iraqi forces."

Listen to this interview of LTC John Nagl with NPR's Michelle Norris (7 minutes) about the lessons learned for counter-insurgency.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

War by Other Means -- Building Complete and Balanced Capabilities for Counterinsurgency

RAND Counterinsurgency Study -- Final Report

"In early 2006, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) asked RAND’s National Defense Research Institute to conduct a comprehensive study of insurgency and counterinsurgency (COIN), with a view toward how the United States should improve its capabilities for such conflicts in the 21st century. This is the capstone report of that study, drawing from a dozen RAND research papers on specific cases, issues, and aspects of insurgency and COIN. The study included an examination of 89 insurgencies since World War II to learn why and how insurgencies begin, grow, and are resolved. It also analyzed the current challenge of what is becoming known as global insurgency, exemplified by the global jihadist movement, as well as lessons about both insurgency and COIN from a number of cases, including Iraq and Afghanistan..." Read full report

Background: Army Buried Study Faulting Iraq Planning, New York Times

Friday, February 8, 2008

The World This Week: Pakistan - Iraq - Chad - more

From the Council on Foreign Relations

February 8, 2008

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In this Issue:

Pakistan's Diversity of Terrorism

McCain Advances for GOP, Democrats Split Vote

Tensions Rise in Iraq's Kurdish North

Chad Unrest Could 'Set Darfur Aflame'

Pakistan's Diversity of Terrorism

Pakistan has emerged as a terrorist sanctuary for some of the world's most violent groups, including al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and home-grown militants. Read more of this Backgrounder

CFR.org Interview with Ashley J. Tellis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Pakistan's Mixed Record on Anti-Terrorism

Podcast with Imran Khan, Chairman, Tehreek-e-Insaf Party

Interactive Map: Pakistan's Troubled Tribal Belt

CFR Experts on Pakistan and Terrorism

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