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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

CARL Digital Library - Recent additions

Browse these latest additions to the CARL Digital Library (added 10-29 Apr 2008)

CARL Brownbag session - Overdrive Audio Books

The CARL is hosting a brownbag session in the Library Learning Center today from 1230 - 1330 on how to Connect, download and listen to Overdrive Audio Books.

Using your CARL library card you can now have access to over 700 downloadable digital audio books via the Kansas State Library's Overdrive website. We've added available titles to our online catalog so you can discover these great titles while searching our resources as well.

You can get a quick sense of what's available to you by selecting the link below and browsing thru the titles.

Overdrive audio titles

Overdrive Audio Books Start Guide

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Latest counterinsurgency articles

2 new articles found for: (counterinsurgency or assymetric warfare or insurgenc*)

1. Koran, Kalashnikov, and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency in Afghanistan Lester W Grau. The Journal of Military History. Lexington: Apr 2008. Vol. 72, Iss. 2; p. 630 (1 page)
Abstract | Full text Full Text - PDF (57 K)
2. US Special Forces and Counterinsurgency in Vietnam: Military Innovation and Institutional Failure, 1961-1963 Joseph R Fischer. The Journal of Military History. Lexington: Apr 2008. Vol. 72, Iss. 2; p. 620 (3 pages)
Abstract Full text Full Text - PDF (154 K)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Notable - Peace Time: Cease-Fire Agreements and the Durability of Peace

Peace Time: Cease-Fire Agreements and the Durability of Peace From the book jacket: "Why do cease-fire agreements sometimes last for years while others flounder barely long enough to be announced? How to maintain peace in the aftermath of war is arguably one of the most important questions of the post--Cold War era. And yet it is one of the least explored issues in the study of war and peace. Here, Page Fortna offers the first comprehensive analysis of why cease-fires between states succeed or fail. She develops cooperation theory to argue that mechanisms within these agreements can help maintain peace by altering the incentives for war and peace, reducing uncertainty, and helping to prevent or manage accidents that could lead to war. To test this theory, the book first explores factors, such as decisive victory and prior history of conflict, that affect the baseline prospects for peace. It then considers whether stronger cease-fires are likely to be implemented in the hardest or the easiest cases. Next, through both quantitative and qualitative testing of the effects of cease-fire agreements, firm evidence emerges that agreements do matter. Durable peace is harder to achieve after some wars than others, but when most difficult, states usually invest more in peace building. These efforts work. Strong agreements markedly lessen the risk of further war. Mechanisms such as demilitarized zones, dispute resolution commissions, peacekeeping, and external guarantees can help maintain peace between even the deadliest of foes." Related podcast - author presentation University-Channel Podcast

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Selected articles: The Journal of Military History - April Issue

Across the Yalu: Rules of Engagement and the Communist Air Sanctuary during the Korean War1 Kenneth P Werrell. The Journal of Military History. Lexington: Apr 2008. Vol. 72, Iss. 2; p. 451 (25 pages)
Abstract | Full text | Full Text - PDF (1 MB)
Dresden 1945: Reality, History, and Memory Tami Davis Biddle. The Journal of Military History. Lexington: Apr 2008. Vol. 72, Iss. 2; p. 413 (37 pages)
Abstract | Full text | Full Text - PDF (2 MB)
Embellishing Omaha Beach George D Salaita. The Journal of Military History. Lexington: Apr 2008. Vol. 72, Iss. 2; p. 531 (4 pages)
Abstract | Full text | Full Text - PDF (167 K)
From D├ętente to the Soviet Collapse: The Cold War from 1975 to 1991 Jonathan M House. The Journal of Military History. Lexington: Apr 2008. Vol. 72, Iss. 2; p. 624 (2 pages)
Abstract | Full text | Full Text - PDF (107 K)
Hiroshima in History: The Myths of Revisionism Thomas A Julian, Sean L Malloy. The Journal of Military History. Lexington: Apr 2008. Vol. 72, Iss. 2; p. 535 (5 pages)
Abstract | Full text | Full Text - PDF (262 K)
Imagining Future War: The West's Technological Revolution and Visions of Wars to Come, 1880-1914 John Ferris. The Journal of Military History. Lexington: Apr 2008. Vol. 72, Iss. 2; p. 582 (3 pages)
Abstract | Full text | Full Text - PDF (157 K)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Operational Leadership Experiences

We've added some 834 interviews from the Operational Leadership Experiences project to our online catalog. Browse them here (originally made available online in our digital library)

"A project of the Combat Studies Institute, the Operational Leadership Experiences Interview Collection archives firsthand, multi-service accounts from military personnel who planned, participated in and supported operations in the Global War on Terrorism."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Latest articles - Iraq War

EBSCOhost Alert

Sacrificed To the Surge. By: Spring, Silvia; Kaplow, Larry; Babak; Dehghanpisheh; Ali, Hussam; Mahdi, Salih. Newsweek, 4/14/2008, Vol. 151 Issue 15, p30-31, 2p, 1c; (AN 31586703)
The Warrior Returns. By: Quindlen, Anna. Newsweek, 4/14/2008, Vol. 151 Issue 15, p84-84, 1p, 1c; (AN 31586799)
Back in Baghdad. By: Ghosh, Bobby. Time, 4/14/2008, Vol. 171 Issue 15, p30-34, 5p, 1 map, 8c; (AN 31560642)
WASHINGTON WHISPERS. By: Bedard, Paul; Parker, Suzi; Omestad, Thomas; Skiba, Katherine. U.S. News & World Report, 4/7/2008, Vol. 144 Issue 10, p12-14, 2p; (AN 31548582)
Bush Vows to Stay the Course in Iraq. By: Walsh, Kenneth T.. U.S. News & World Report, 4/7/2008, Vol. 144 Issue 10, p16-16, 1p, 2c; (AN 31548584)
Campaign Warfare. By: Whitelaw, Kevin; Mulrine, Anna. U.S. News & World Report, 4/7/2008, Vol. 144 Issue 10, p34-36, 3p, 11c; (AN 31548595)
Presidential Contenders Will Have Key Roles In Senate Hearing On Iraq War. By: Morris, David; Anburajan, Aswini; Aigner-Treworgy, Adam; Jones, Athena. CongressDaily AM, 4/4/2008, p2-2, 1p; (AN 31564817)
Dems Eye Mid-April Markup Of War Funds Bill. CongressDaily, 3/28/2008, p9-9, 1p; (AN 31516809)
Democratic Challengers Trying To Shift Spotlight To Iraq. By: McPike, Erin. CongressDaily, 3/27/2008, p12-12, 1p; (AN 31470889)

Monday, April 21, 2008

New at CARL: The Bin Ladens : an Arabian family in the American century

Check our holdings - The Bin Ladens : an Arabian family in the American century by Steve Coll

From publisher description: "The Bin Ladens rose from poverty to privilege; they loyally served the Saudi royal family for generations--and then one of their number changed history on September 11, 2001. Journalist Steve Coll tells the story of the rise of the Bin Laden family and of the wildly diverse lifestyles of the generation to which Osama bin Laden belongs, and against whom he rebelled. Starting with the family's escape from famine at the beginning of the twentieth century, through its jet-set era in America after the 1970s oil boom, and finally to the family's attempts to recover from September 11, this book unearths extensive new material about the family and its relationship with the United States, and provides a richly revealing and emblematic narrative of our globally interconnected times.--From publisher description."

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Library Thing entry - see other book recommendations

Thursday, April 17, 2008

WWII Newsmaps and Posters

The University of North Texas library has some 600 WWII posters and US Army Information Branch Newsmaps. Many of the posters consist primarily of American home front posters. War bonds, rationing, enlistment, security, and morale are all topics treated by these artworks. The collection includes posters by such famous artists as Normal Rockwell, Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), and Boris Artzybasheff.

We've add links to these WWII materials from the University of North Texas Digital Collections to our catalog. Browse them here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

New at CARL - Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the hijacking of Afghanistan

Check out our holdings: How we missed the story : Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the hijacking of Afghanistan

"In How We Missed the Story, award-winning journalist Roy Gutman weaves a narrative that exposes how and why the U.S. government, the United Nations, and the Western media "missed the story" in the leadup to 9/11. Drawing on his own original research and extensive-interviews with key players, Gutman sheds new light on the inner workings of the policy process in Washington and offers the inside perspective of a member of the media. " Book jacket.

related podcast: C-Span Afterwords interview of the author.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Military sciences - stay current with DTIC's RSS

DTIC's TRAIL RSS is a free service for disseminating the latest publications added to ttheir technical reports database. Their technical reports are categorized according to DTIC's 25 subject categories and 251 groups and subgroups which are described more fully in the Subject Categorization Guide for Defense Science and Technology.

Here is the link for subscribing to their Military Science category: RSS feed

Friday, April 11, 2008

World War One Posters

The Library of Congress has digitized and made available online more than eighteen hundred American, British, German, Italian and French posters supporting their countries' war efforts, during the period 1914-1920.

We've added the links to view these posters to our own library catalog as well (harvested via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metatdata Harvesting).

Click here to browse

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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Towards a New Russia Policy, by Dr. Stephen Blank. The author analyzes some of the key strategic issues at stake in the U.S.-Russian relationship and traces the relationship's decline to Russian factors that have been overlooked or neglected. He also records some of the shortcomings of U.S. policy and recommends a solution to the growing impasse confronting both sides. Drug Intoxicated Irregular Fighters: Complications, Dangers and Responses, by Dr. Paul Rexton Kan. The author contends that drug use on the battlefield is now part of protracted conflicts that occur in a globalized international system, and are largely fought by nonprofessional combatants. He asserts that drug consumption has led to unpredictable fighting, the commission of atrocities, and prolonged internal violence, and that the issue requires a fuller accounting to prepare for future conflicts. The Political Context behind Successful Revolutionary Movements, Three Case Studies: Vietnam (1955-63), Algeria (1945-62), and Nicaragua (1967-79), by Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Millen. This monograph examines the extent to which some states create the conditions for revolutionary movements to flourish. The author extrapolates political-military lessons to suggest that the United States should minimize the level and type of assistance to states fighting an insurgency because they possess greater advantages than previously supposed. Projecting Pyongyang: The Future of North Korea's Kim Jong Il's Regime, by Dr. Andrew Scobell. The conventional wisdom views North Korea's regime as being on a firm footing. The author's research cautions against wholly embracing this premise. He explores the future of Kim Jong Il's regime, constructs a number of scenarios, and then identifies the most plausible one. Security Sector Reform in Liberia: From SSR Rhetoric to Quick-Fix Reality, by Mr. Mark Malon. The author argues that a multi-sectoral, whole-of-government approach to security sector reform has not been applied to Liberia. He concludes that more can be done to arrest insecurity in Liberia within a program that focuses on military and criminal justice reform. However, this would require a sustained injection of U.S. technical and financial support, as well as advice and support to the Liberian government in forming and implementing a comprehensive national security strategy and policy. Building for the Future: China's Progress in Space Technology during the Tenth 5-Year Plan and the U.S. Response, by Mr. Kevin Pollpeter. The author assesses China's rise as a space power and its implications for the United States. He contends that China's increasing space capabilities will erode the U.S. lead. To maintain its advantage, the United States will need to improve technologically, as well as train and keep a competent workforce, develop innovative ways to compete commercially, and expand the role of space in its exercise of soft power.
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The Strategy Deficit? by LTC Nathan P. Freier.
Upcoming Events
XIX Annual Strategy Conference: Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power April 8-10, 2008 - Carlisle, PA AFRICOM and the US Strategy for Peace and Security in Africa April 21, 2008 - Arlington, VA 3rd Annual North American Security Colloquium: Wars Without Borders June 17-19, 2008 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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News and Updates
Dr. W. Andrew Terrill participated in the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Conference "Military Trends in the Middle East: Regional Challenges, Global System," held in Istanbul Turkey, February 24-27. On March 7, Dr. Steven Metz spoke on insurgency at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. From March 10-11, Dr. Metz participated in the first meeting of "The Challenges of Strengthening the US Government's Civilian International Affairs Agencies," a project co-sponsored by the Stanley Foundation and the Center for a New American Security, in Washington, DC. On March 24, Drs. Metz and Antulio Echevarria participated in a a workshop for authors involved in a compilation on the changing nature of war at the Norwegian Air Force Academy in Trondheim.
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Precision in the Global War on Terror: Inciting Muslims through the War of Ideas, by Dr. Sherifa Zuhur. Rebuilding U.S.-Turkish Relations in a Transatlantic Context, edited by Dr. Frances Burwell. Baloch Nationalism and the Geopolitics of Energy Resources: The Changing Context of Separatism in Pakistan, by Dr. Robert Wirsing. Prospects for Korean Reunification, by Colonel David Coghlan. Global Climate Change: National Security Implications, edited by Dr. Carolyn Pumphrey.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

New RAND New Publications: International Policy

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Women and Nation-Building

Women and Nation-Building

By Cheryl Benard et al.

Paperback • 212 pages • ISBN: 978-0-8330-4311-5

Women and Nation-Building tackles the complex task of assessing the multilayered development of women's diverse roles in post-conflict contexts. The authors examine the role of women in the recent reconstruction activities in Afghanistan, noting that the status of women is not merely a litmus test but an active agent in bringing about peace and prosperity in a given society.

Human Trafficking in Ohio

Human Trafficking in Ohio: Markets, Responses, and Considerations

By Jeremy M. Wilson et al.

Paperback • 108 pages • ISBN: 978-0-8330-4296-5

Human trafficking has garnered significant and growing attention from the U.S. government since the 1990s, culminating in the passage of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2000. This monograph compares two Ohio cities' responses to human trafficking and provides suggestions for these and other jurisdictions on how to raise awareness about the issue and improve the responses of the criminal justice system, the juvenile justice system, and social services.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Coming soon to CARL - Max Hastings' Retribution : the battle for Japan, 1944-45

Visit this link to place a hold request for Retribution : the battle for Japan, 1944-45

From the NY Times Sunday Book review by Evan Thomas:

"In the war against Japan, American naval commanders faced what might be called the prison ship problem. Submarines had little way of knowing which Japanese transport ships were carrying prisoners of war. In any case, “the U.S. Navy adopted a ruthless view,” Max Hastings writes." Read more

Read chapter 1 : War in the East

Listen here to a NY Times book review Podcast on Max Hastings "Retribution"

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