Tuesday, October 28, 2008

After war: the political economy of exporting democracy.

Post-conflict reconstruction is one of the most pressing political issues today. This book uses economics to analyze critically the incentives and constraints faced by various actors involved in reconstruction efforts. Through this analysis, the book will aid in understanding why some reconstructions are more successful than others.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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After Saddam

After Saddam

Prewar Planning and the Occupation of Iraq

By Nora Bensahel et al.

Paperback • 312 pages • ISBN: 978-0-8330-4458-7
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An examination of prewar planning efforts for postwar Iraq serves as a starting point to establish what U.S. policymakers expected the postwar situation to look like and what their plans were for reconstruction. How did these expectations conform to the reality on the ground following the end of major combat operations, during the rebuilding efforts of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to rebuild structures of governance, security, economic policy, and essential services? This assessment considers events up to the June 28, 2004, transfer of authority from the CPA to the Interim Iraqi Government, highlighting key challenges to U.S. postwar planning and areas for improvement.

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Dangerous Thresholds

Dangerous Thresholds

Managing Escalation in the 21st Century

By Forrest E. Morgan et al.

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Escalation is a natural tendency in any form of human competition and is particularly dangerous in contests of deadly force. This examination of escalation dynamics and approaches to escalation management draws on a variety of international historical examples to inform military and political decisionmaking about the mechanisms of deliberate, accidental, and inadvertent escalation.

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Analysis of Strategy and Strategies of Analysis

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By David C. Gompert et al.

In a fluid global security environment, assessing the costs, risks, and likely consequences of alternative national defense strategies is as difficult as it is essential. This examination shows that, even in the face of uncertainty, it is possible to assess the costs and other implications of any strategy by examining the capabilities needed by U.S. combatant commands to fulfill what the strategy expects of them.

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Developing Resource-Informed Strategic Assessments and Recommendations

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By Paul K. Davis et. al

A debate will likely occur in 2009 about U.S. global national-security strategy, this assessment claims, and a methodology is needed to help frame and evaluate resource-informed strategies, addressing both uncertainty and differences of strategic perspective. Contributing to the discussion are three illustrative grand strategies, addressing the major modern problems and long-term strategic considerations.

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Miracle at St. Anna.

Based on the historical incident of an unspeakable massacre at the site of St. Anna Di Stazzema, a small village in Tuscany, and on the experiences of the famed Buffalo soldiers from the 92nd Division in Italy during World War II, Miracle of St. Anna is a singular evocation of war, cruelty, passion, and heroism. It is the story of four American Negro soldiers, a band of partisans, and an Italian boy who encounter a miracle -though perhaps the true miracle lies in themselves.Traversing class, race, and geography, Miracle at St. Anna is above all a hymn to the brotherhood of man and the power to do good that lives in each of us. It reveals to us a little-known but fascinating moment in history through the eyes and imagination of a gifted writer. Like The Color of Water, James McBridersquo;s stunning first novel will change the way we perceive ourselves and our world.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Baghdad at sunrise: a Brigade Commander's war in Iraq.

New from Yale University Press Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq, Peter R. Mansoor. This compelling book presents an unparalleled record of what happened after U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003. Army Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, the on-the-ground commander of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division—the “Ready First Combat Team”—describes his brigade’s first year in Iraq, from the sweltering, chaotic summer after the Ba’athists’ defeat to the transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government a year later. Uniquely positioned to observe, record, and assess the events of that fateful year, Mansoor now explains what went right and wrong as the U.S. military confronted an insurgency of unexpected strength and tenacity.
Peter R. Mansoor is the General Raymond Mason Chair of Military History, Ohio State University. Many of you may remember him from CAC as the founding director of the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

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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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