Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October 2008 Newsletter

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New Publications
The "People" in the PLA: Recruitment, Training, and Education in China's Military, edited by Mr. Roy Kamphausen, Dr. Andrew Scobell, and Mr. Travis Tanner. This volume resulted from the 2007 PLA colloquium, which focused on identifying trends in recruitment, education, training, personnel management, and demographics within the PLA. The critically important dynamics associated with the PLA's attempts to improve the quality of its human capital have not been well-understood, therefore this book significantly contributes to our comprehension of the PLA's professionalization. The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare, by Dr. Stephen Biddle and Mr. Jeffrey Friedman. This monograph seeks to inform the debate about Hezbollah's conduct of its 2006 campaign in southern Lebanon. The authors analyze whether Hezbollah was a nonstate actor employing irregular methods or a nonstate actor waging a state-like conventional war. Their findings shed valuable insights for the future of warfare and the U.S. defense debate.
Coming Soon
Stability Operations and State Building: Continuities and Contingencies, edited by Colonel Greg Kaufmann, USA-Ret. Leadership and National Security Reform: The Next President's Agenda, edited by Dr. Joseph Cerami, Dr. Robin Dorff, and Ms. Lisa Morman. Slowing Military Change, by Dr. Zhivan Alach Building Partner Capacity/Security Force Assistance: A New Structural Paradigm, by Colonel Scott Wuestner U.S. Policy toward Peace Operations and Peacekeeping Capacity-building in Africa, by Mr. Eric Berman
Publishing Opportunities
Our External Research Associate's Program (ERAP) accepted 12 proposals for research monographs this fiscal year; each of the monographs will address key strategic issues facing the US Army and the Department of Defense. The ERAP is run on an annual basis. Researchers interested in submitting proposals for fiscal year 2009 should check our website periodically, or subscribe to our newsletter, for information concerning the dates during which proposals will be accepted.
Monthly Op-Ed
Dueling Natures by Dr. Antulio Echevarria.
20th Annual Strategy Conference "Strategic Implications of Current and Emerging Technologies" April 14-16, 2009, Carlisle, PA Mark your calendars and look for details and a conference website coming in December. The proceedings from the "Wars Without Borders" colloquium are available on the Queen's University website. The conference took place from June 17-19, 2008 and was a collaboration of the U.S. Army War College, the Canadian Forces Land Force Doctrine and Training System, Queen's University's Centre for International Relations, and the Defence Management Studies at Queen's School of Policy Studies.
News and Updates
Dr. Blank published, "The Putin Succession and Its Implications for Russian Politics" in Post-Soviet Affairs, "The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Georgian Crisis" in China Brief, "Russia and Central Asia: Part of the New Great Game" in Harsh V. Pant, ed., Indian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World, and "Russia and the Black Sea's Frozen Conflicts In Strategic Perspective" in Mediterranean Quarterly. Dr. Blank gave a talk entitled "Missile Defenses in Eastern Europe: Who Threatens Whom?" at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. From September 16-18, Dr. Robin Dorff participated in the 2008 Military History Symposium "The U.S. Army and the Interagency Process: Historical Perspectives," held at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS and sponsored by the Combat Studies Institute. There he presented a paper, "21st Century Security Challenges and the Interagency Process: Historical Lessons about Integrating Instruments of National Power." From September 18-20, Dr. Douglas Johnson participated in a conference in Verdun, France, commemorating the 90th Anniversary of "The Americans in France, 1017-1918." He presented: "Training the American Army for World War I in France, 1917-1918." All participants were recognized World War I scholars. Dr. Dallas Owens participated in NORTHCOM's DoD Homeland Defense and Civil Support Joint Operating Concept Limited Objective Experiment Four at Carlisle Barracks, PA on September 23-24. This experiment was the fourth in a series with the purpose of determining how the future Total Force may improve unity of effort in planning, resourcing, and executing Homeland Defense and Civil Support missions. Dr. Antulio Echevarria presented a keynote address on "Clausewitz and the Nature of War" to the Royal Swedish Academy for Military Science in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 23.
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