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March 2009 Newsletter

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New Publications
Kazakhstan's Defense Policy: An Assessment of the Trends, by Roger N. McDermott. The author argues that Kazakhstan's armed forces, though subject to many structural changes, have not yet experienced systemic military reform. He assesses the achievements and setbacks of U.S. and NATO defense assistance to the country, while also showing that Kazakhstan remains deeply linked in a close defense and security partnership with Russia.

Russia, China, and the United States in Central Asia: Prospects for Great Power Competition and Cooperation in the Shadow of the Georgian Crisis, by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick. Despite fissures within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the competitive tendencies within the Sino-Russian partnership, the author contends that the United States will not have an easy time achieving its aims in Central Asia. She argues that the rhetoric about a new Cold War in the aftermath of the Georgian crisis obscures the common interests the great powers share in addressing transnational problems in Central Asia.

Coming Soon
Prospects for U.S.-Russian Security Cooperation, edited by Dr. Stephen Blank

Russia and Arms Control: Are There Opportunities for the Obama Administration? by Dr. Stephen Blank

Provincial Reconstruction Teams: How Do We Know They Work? by Dr. Carter Malkasian and Dr. Gerald Meyerle

The New Balance: Armed Stabilization and the Future of U.S. Landpower, by Mr. Nathan Freier

Strategy Conference
Strategic Implications of Current and Emerging Technologies conference registration is now open. Fee is $150.

While over the last decade a great deal of attention has been given to how information technologies are changing the strategic environment and shaping warfare, little has been mentioned about other revolutionary technologies, such as biotechnologies and nanotechnologies, in terms of their potential strategic impact. This conference will address that gap. Please see the conference website for the agenda, registration, and more.

Opportunities at SSI
The U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) seeks an expert on Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) security studies to join one of the most dynamic think tanks in the national security field and help shape U.S. national security policy. Check our website for more details.

Want a change of scenery? SSI is seeking a Visiting Research Professor for the 2009-2010 academic year with a possible one year renewal. Full details are online.

Monthly Op-Ed
Training for the "Political" War, by COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr.

2009 Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium: Insecurity in a Globalizing Hemisphere
March 9-11, 2009, Miami, FL
Space is still available

20th Annual Strategy Conference "Strategic Implications of Emerging Technologies"
April 14-16, 2009, Carlisle, PA
Register Today

Book promotion and release (open to the public):
Beyond the Strait: PLA Missions Other than Taiwan, edited by Mr. Roy Kamphausen, Dr. David Lai, and Dr. Andrew Scobell
Falk Auditorium, Brookings Institute
April 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

At Home in the Americas: Canada, the United States, and Hemispheric Security
June 10-12, 2009, Kinston, Ontario, Canada

News and Updates
Dr. David Lai made a presentation to the Australian Defense College (ADC) on February 3 on "A Cultural Perspective on the Chinese Way of War and Diplomacy" through video teleconference. Dr. Lai's monograph Learning from the Stones: A Go Approach to Mastering China's Strategic Concept, Shi is used in the ADC curriculum.

On February 26-28, Dr. Dallas Owens attended a colloquium entitled "American Grand Strategy after War" held in Chapel Hill, NC. The event was hosted by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and partially funded by SSI as part of its Academic Engagement Program.

Dr. Andrew Terrill attended "Arms Control and Security Improvements in the Middle East" in Kusadasi, Turkey, from February 7-10. The University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation hosted the event.

On February 25, at the Center for Latin American Issues conference room at GWU, in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Army War College and George Washington University conducted a book introduction forum for the Affairs of State: The Interagency and National Security, edited by Dr. Gabriel Marcella with chapters by a distinguished group of national security professionals and scholars.
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