Friday, May 9, 2008

Strategic Studies Institute May Newsletter

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New Publications
The Evolution of U.S. Turkish Relations in a Transatlantic Context, edited by Dr. Frances Burwell. This colloquium report considers the current state of U.S.-Turkish-EU ties and how those relations might be repaired and enhanced. It provides an overview of the enduring issues that must be addressed if relations are to move beyond current roadblocks and begin to realize their full potential. Baloch Nationalism and the Geopolitics of Energy Resources: The Changing Context of Separatism in Pakistan, by Dr. Robert Wirsing. This monograph examines the Baloch separatist insurgency that has resurfaced in recent years. In particular, the author looks at how Pakistan's mounting energy insecurity has magnified the economic and strategic importance of Balochistan, while at the same time complicating Pakistan's efforts to cope with the province's resurgent tribal separatism. Prospects from Korean Reunification, by Colonel David Coghlan. This Carlisle Paper examines the nature of the Korean regime, the cost of reunification, and likely reunification scenarios. The author next considers the challenges and opportunities for the stakeholders in the region and suggests that China, at U.S. expense, has positioned itself to profoundly influence the nature of reunification; the �tilt� of a unified Korea; and the future Northeast Asian strategic environment. Precision in the Global War on Terror: Inciting Muslims through the War of Ideas, by Dr. Sherifa Zuhur. This monograph identifies a trend of pathologizing beliefs and practices that are at the core of Islam. The author contends that this pathologizing impulse may be beneficial in rallying Americans to the defense of their nation, but it might impede the international cooperation necessary to that endeavor. She also aims to educate the reader about the value inherent in particular concepts that could be unpopular but are part of Muslims' historical legacy.
Of Interest
Future Defense Dilemmas Summary Report of the "Maintaining Quality in the Force" Seminar by Ralph Wipfli Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: Selected Bibliography
Coming Soon
Global Climate Change: National Security Implications, edited by Dr. Carolyn Pumphrey. U.S. Foreign Policy and Regime Instability, by Dr. James Meernik. China-Russia Security Relations: Strategic Parallelism without Partnership or Passion, by Dr. Richard Weitz. From the New Middle Ages to a New Dark Age: The Decline of the State and U.S. Strategy, by Dr. Phil Williams.
Monthly Op-Ed
The Second Berlin Wall, by LTC Raymond A. Millen.
Upcoming Events
Lessons from India's Experience for the Future of Counterinsurgency Policy, Part II May 14-15, 2008 - Washington, DC 3rd Annual North American Security Colloquium: Wars Without Borders June 17-19, 2008 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada Civil-Military Relations June 26, 2008 - Washington, DC
Annual Strategy Conference
On behalf of The XIX Annual Strategy Conference "Team XIX," thank you for attending and participating in "Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power." We endeavored to provide the best conference we could to ensure your attendance was rewarding intellectually, socially and historically. We have conducted an initial After Action Review and are already taking actions to improve. We are already looking forward to the "XX" Strategy Conference. Videos, slides, and MP3s are now online.
News and Updates
On April 26, Dr. Douglas Johnson participated in the "Beyond Combat" colloquium at Temple University. Dr. Johnson was one of four presenters, the others being Dr. Britt McCarley, Chief Historian, TRADOC; Dr. Christopher DeRosa, Assistant Professor, Monmouth University; and Dr. Peter Kindsvatter, Command Historian, U.S. Army Ordnance Center, APG. Dr. Johnson's presentation was entitled "Leadership Prerequisites: Colonel Conrad S. Babcock and Command Development During World War I." Dr. Sherifa Zuhur participated in the Middle East Workshop on Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan held at the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland, March 12-13. Dr. Zuhur presented two lectures on "Islam and Approaches to Extremism" to the Medical Strategic Leadership Program at the U.S. Army Medical Department and School, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, April 18. Dr. Robin Dorff attended and served as a facilitator at the Consortium for Complex Operations (CCO) Kickoff Conference in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA from April 28-29, 2008. The inaugural public event for the CCO, which is a joint effort of DoD, State and USAID, brought together a "network of civilian and military educators, trainers, and lessons learned practitioners."
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