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New Publications
Pakistan's Nuclear Future: Worries Beyond War, edited by Mr. Henry Sokolski. This volume was completed just before President Musharraf imposed a state of emergency in Pakistan in November 2007. The political turmoil that followed raised concerns that Pakistan's nuclear assets might be vulnerable to diversion or misuse. This book details precisely what those worries might be. 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. The author asserts that gang-generated instability leads to threats to national, regional, and global security; nation-state sovereignty; failing and failed states; and a "clash of civilizations." The objective of these illegal nonstate entities is to neutralize, control, or depose governments to assure their own commercial or ideological expectations. Their ultimate threat is the coerced criminal imposition of a radical restructuring of the state and its governance. Women in Combat Compendium, edited by Colonel Michele Putko and Dr. Douglas V. Johnson II. This work resulted from an AWC student research project. The compendium makes two major points: the nature of U.S. Army combat has changed, and existing rules regarding women's employment do not fit this new situation. In addition, without a doubt women can perform their assigned duties in combat, to include engaging in actions essential to their personal and their unit's self-defense, with the same skill and valor as their male comrades. Development and Reform of the Iraqi Police Forces, by Lieutenant Colonel (P) Tony Pfaff. The author asserts that police force development in Iraq lags far behind that of the military. Numerous reasons have been offered for this gap: corrupt practices, infiltration by militias, weak leadership, and competition by better armed and organized criminal and militant groups. Taking this poor political and security environment into account, the author offers insights into creating strategies that will best facilitate reform and the formation of a just and effective police force. Transforming to Effects-Based Operations: Lessons from the United Kingdom Experience, by Dr. Andrew Dorman. The United Kingdom has continued engaging in global operations while its defense budget has continued to decline as a percentage of GDP. The UK has sought to adopt an effects-based approach to operations within the context of an overall "comprehensive approach" that brings together the various government organs. The author evaluates the relative success the UK has had in adapting to this change and identifies a number of accomplishments as well as pitfalls.
Coming Soon
Developing Strategic Leaders for the 21st Century, by Dr. Jeffrey McCausland. Dissent and Strategic Leadership of the Military Professions, by Dr. Don Snider. The North Korea Ballistic Missile Program, by Dr. Daniel Pinkston. Towards a New Russia Policy, by Dr. Stephen Blank. Security Sector Reform in Liberia: From SSR Rhetoric to Quick-Fix Reality, by Mr. Mark Malon.

Monthly Op-Ed
Deterrence, Missile Defense, and Collateral Damage in the Iranian-Israeli Strategic Relationship by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill.
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 - Miami, FL 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
Drs. Steven Metz and Max Manwaring gave presentations at a conference entitled "The Psychology and Organization of Gangs: Applying Lessons Learned to Iraq" at the Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, VA, January 29, 2008. On January 17, 2008, Dr. Antulio Echevarria presented a lecture on "Clausewitz and Contemporary War" as part of the Army Historical and Educational Center (AHEC) Perspectives in Military History series. The lecture, which was drawn from Dr. Echevarria's book, Clausewitz and Contemporary War (Oxford, 2007), was recorded and will be posted on AHEC's website.
Video
Dr. Conrad Crane of the U.S. Army War College Military History Institute and Dr. Steven Metz of the Strategic Studies Institute discuss changes in the nature of insurgency and the development of American counterinsurgency capability. View all the videos.
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