Thursday, January 10, 2008

Strategic Studies Institute January 2008 Newsletter

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New Publications
Sustaining the Peace after Civil War, by Dr. T. David Mason. The author examines what social science research can reveal about how civil wars end and what predicts whether (and when) they will recur. Research suggests that the outcome of the previous civil war--whether it ended in a government victory, a rebel victory or a negotiated settlement--as well as the duration and deadliness of the conflict, affect the durability of the peace. Jordanian National Security and the Future of Middle East Stability, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill. The author considers ways the U.S.-Jordanian alliance might be used to contain and minimize problems concerning both countries. He highlights Jordan's emergence as a vital U.S. ally in efforts to stabilize Iraq and to resist extremism and terrorism in the region. He also examines Jordanian differences with Iran as well as its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Interagency and Counterinsurgency Warfare: Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction Roles, edited by Dr. Joseph R. Cerami and Mr. Jay W. Boggs. This volume, published in partnership with The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, addresses the SSTR missions that place the most pressure on interagency communication and coordination. The results of the authors' analyses reveal that the interagency process needs reform and that a more robust effort to integrate and align civilian and military elements is a prerequisite for success.
Coming Soon
A Contemporary Challenge to State Sovereignty: Gangs and Other Illicit Transnational Criminal Organizations in Central America, El Salvador, Mexico, Jamaica, and Brazil, by Dr. Max Manwaring. Women in Combat Compendium, edited by Colonel Michele Putko and Dr. Douglas V. Johnson II. Towards a New Russia Policy, by Dr. Stephen Blank. Transforming to Effects-Based Operations: Lessons from the United Kingdom Experience, by Dr. Andrew Dorman.
Of Interest
The 3rd ACR in Tal'Afar: Challenges and Adaptations by David R. McCone, Wilbur J. Scott, and George R. Mastroianni Cooperation Leads to Better Security by A. Edward Major City Without Joy: Urban Military Operations into the 21st Century by Michael Evans

Monthly Op-Ed
Intrepidity. . . And Character Development within the Army Profession by Dr. Don M. Snider.
Upcoming Events
Opportunities For Engaging Minority Communities In Securing Our Nation February 11, 2008 - Research Triangle Park, NC Stability Operations and State Building: Continuities and Contingencies February 13-15, 2008 - Clarksville, TN, Seminar Series on Future Defense Dilemmas: The State of the U.S. Military Reserve Components March 6, 2008 - Washington, DC 11th Annual Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium: Transformation for Cooperation April 2-4, 2008 - Washington, DC 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
The new Strategy Conference website is now online. Online registration will open later in January. Working conference details, such as speakers and the agenda, are now online.
News and Updates
Dr. Steven Metz has completed his book Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy. It will be published by Potomac Press later in 2008. Dr. Metz's essay "Three Years and You're Out" has been published in The National Interest. This is based on his 2007 SSI study entitled "Rethinking Insurgency." He had another article, "New Challenges and Old Concepts: Understanding 21st Century Insurgency," published in the Winter 2007-08 issue of Parameters. The ERAP Solicitation notice is out and proposals are due by January 31, 2008. Potential authors should register with CCR and Duns and Bradstreet.

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