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Era of Persistent Conflict Studies

Added September 26, 2013
Type: Monograph
The Effectiveness of Drone Strikes in Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism Campaigns. Authored by Dr. James Igoe Walsh.
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Drones have become an important part of the U.S. counterinsurgency and counterterrorism arsenal. But the available evidence shows that they are not always effective, and their use can have unpredictable consequences.
Added September 24, 2013
Type: Letort Papers
The Real "Long War": The Illicit Drug Trade and the Role of the Military. Authored by Professor Geoffrey Till.
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With a shift in focus and priority from likely involvement in large-scale counterinsurgency operations, the limited likelihood of continental traditional warfighting operations, together with the onset of an era of budgetary austerity, the U.S. Army may need to give greater attention to its role in responding to the many nontraditional threats to the peace and security of the United States. Of these, the illicit trade in drugs ranks highly because of its massive effects on human, national, and international security.
Added August 21, 2013
Type: Other
2013-14 Key Strategic Issues List. Edited by Professor John F. Troxell.
For several years, the Strategic Studies Institute has annually published the Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL). The overall purpose of this document is to make students and other researchers aware of strategic topics that are of special interest to the U.S. Army. Part I of KSIL is entitled "Army Priorities for Strategic Analysis" (APSA) and is a list of high-priority topics submitted by Headquarters, Department of the Army. Part II is entitled "Command Sponsored Topics" and represents the high-priority command-specific topics submitted by MACOMs and ASCCs. This KSIL provides military and civilian researchers worldwide a listing of the Army's most critical national security issues.
Added June 21, 2013
Type: Monograph
The Struggle for Yemen and the Challenge of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Authored by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill.
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How does al-Qaeda's regional and international terrorist acts compare with those of the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), particularly in Yemen? Although Yemen's new reform government defeated AQAP and recaptured areas lost to AQAP in 2012, the terrorists remain an extremely dangerous force seeking to reassert themselves at this time of transition in Yemen.