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NATO continues to provide security and stability in Europe itself, but also will extend its influence through security missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other regions seeking a way out of their security dilemmas. SSI focuses on issues throughout Western and Eastern Europe, with Russia commanding a lead in the number of studies. Dr. Stephen Blank is our Europe and Russia specialist.

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Europe and Russia

(3/11/08) The Europe and Eurasia Regional Policy Overview has been updated to include remarks from President Bush's meeting with the Polish Prime Minister, Secretary of Defense Gates' press conference with the Turkish Defense Minister, remarks from teh Assistant Secretary of State's meeting with the President of Kosovo, a Congressional hearing on the future of Kosovo, and an article on the Baltics from Current History. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this region - the newest updates are in bold. (View it at NDU)

Europe and Russia

(3/7/08) The Russia MiPAL has been updated with articles on Putin's role in the Russian government from Washington Quarterly, an analysis of Russia and international politics from International Affairs, a Congressional Research Service report on the presidential succession, and reports on U.S. relations with Russia from the CATO Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Strategic Studies Institute. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this country - the newest updates are in bold. (View it at NDU)

Europe and Russia

(2/19/08) The Europe and Eurasia Regional Policy Overview has been updated with reaction to Kosovo's independence from the White House and the State Department, and a report with background information on Kosovo from the United States Institute of Peace. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this region - the newest updates are in bold. (View it at NDU)

Europe and Russia

(2/19/08) The Europe and Eurasia Regional Policy Overview has been updated with reaction to Kosovo's independence from the White House and the State Department, and a report with background information on Kosovo from the United States Institute of Peace. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this region - the newest updates are in bold. (View it at NDU)

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    European Missile Defense and Russia

    Authored by Keir Giles, Dr. Andrew Monaghan.
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    Strong Russian opposition to U.S. plans for ballistic missile defense (BMD) in Europe is likely to intensify further through 2015-16 as Phase III of the European Phased Adaptive Approach is implemented. This monograph examines a number of fundamental reasons—some valid, some spurious—why Russia is alarmed at U.S. BMD plans, and provides recommendations for managing the missile defense dialogue with Russia in the future in order to mitigate potentially damaging responses.

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    Russia's Contribution as a Partner in the War on Terrorism

    Authored by Henry Plater-Zyberk.
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    Russia and the United States have a common interest in fighting the threat of Islamist terrorism. In practice, however, efforts to achieve cooperation in this area have been hampered by differing concepts of terror and how to counter it, and institutional and procedural incompatibility between the two nations. This monograph explores counter-terrorism from a Russian viewpoint, in order to assess prospects for meaningful practical cooperation in this field with the United States.

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    Democratization and Instability in Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus

    Authored by Dr. Robert Nalbandov.
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    Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus have remarkable variance and incongruence between their levels of democratization, political stability, and economic development. This monograph by Dr. Robert Nalbandov explains the reasons for the different indicators in the three categories and explains the successes and failures of the democratization efforts in three post-Soviet countries.

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    Russian Military Transformation - Goal In Sight?

    Authored by Keir Giles, Dr. Andrew Monaghan.
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    This Letort Paper assesses the range of options available to Russia for closing the capability gap with the United States and its allies, the authors review a flawed political perception of the key threats facing Russia and the challenges facing Russia’s military transformation.

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    Russia After Putin

    Authored by Dr. Richard J. Krickus.
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    This monograph addresses the question: "What next after Putin?" The answer will have a profound impact on U.S.-Russian relations—in particular, the capacity to forge a security relationship. The campaign to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons indicates that a new "reset" is in the making.

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    Augmenting Our Influence: Alliance Revitalization and Partner Development

    Edited by Dr. John R. Deni.
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    The role of allies and partners in the future of American Landpower is discussed.

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    Russia's Counterinsurgency in North Caucasus: Performance and Consequences

    Authored by Dr. Ariel Cohen.
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    Understanding the conflict in North Caucasus may be the key to understanding the future of the post-communist Russian state and its interaction with Islam, as well as regional mountainous insurgencies. The region’s turbulent past and present make it a potential source of future waves of instability both within Russia and abroad—especially if the Kremlin and the Russian and local elites fail to deal with accumulating local economic, social, religious, and political pressures.

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    Politics and Economics in Putin's Russia

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
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    Is this the beginning of the end for Putin's system? The authors investigate the structural bases for Russia's domestic challenges, if not crisis.

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    Reforming the Police in Post-Soviet States: Georgia and Kyrgyzstan

    Authored by Dr. Erica Marat.
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    Both Georgia and Kyrgyzstan offer important guidelines for conducting successful police reform in a former Soviet state, advice that could be helpful to the Middle Eastern states currently undergoing rapid political transformation.

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    Central Asia After 2014

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
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    The papers collected here offer assessments of Sino-Russian rivalry, the U.S.-Russian rivalry, and a neglected but critical topic, Chinese military capability for action in Central Asia. All of these issues are essential for any informed analysis of the future of Central Asian security, as well as relations among the great powers in Central Asia.

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    NATO Missile Defense and the European Phased Adaptive Approach: The Implications of Burden-Sharing and the Underappreciated Role of the U.S. Army

    Authored by Mr. Steven J. Whitmore, Dr. John R. Deni.
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    NATO's ballistic missile defense initiative remains a work in progress, but a lack of interceptor and sensor contributions on the part of the European allies is likely to have significant implications for the U.S. Army. In particular, the U.S. Army is likely to face increased manpower demands, materiel requirements, and training needs in order to meet the demand signal created by the NATO ballistic missile defense program.

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    A Transatlantic Bargain for the 21st Century: The United States, Europe, and the Transatlantic Alliance

    Authored by Dr. Ellen Hallams.
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    In the 21st century, the transatlantic bargain that has framed the relationship between the United States and its NATO allies is under more scrutiny than ever before. The bargain was a Cold War construct suited to its time; what is required now is a transatlantic bargain that generates a new culture of transatlantic partnership between the United States, NATO, and the European Union.

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    The Security Concerns of the Baltic States as NATO Allies

    Authored by Dr. James S. Corum.
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    America’s small NATO allies have unique views concerning international threats. This monograph explores the security environment of the three Baltic States and how the Baltic policymakers see the future of their relationship with NATO and the United States in an uncertain world.

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    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.

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    Development of the Baltic Armed Forces in Light of Multinational Deployments

    Authored by Dr. James S. Corum.
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    Small NATO allies have become important players in multinational operations. This monograph helps U.S. policymakers and military leaders understand the problems that small allies face when they participate in U.S.-led operations.

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    Russian Interests in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Authored by Keir Giles.
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    Russia is intensifying its engagement with Southern Africa to meet both foreign policy and long-term economic objectives. This presents both potential opportunities and challenges for U.S. policy in the region - especially in those states where a preference for U.S. presence and influence is not axiomatic.

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    Return of the Balkans: Challenges to European Integration and U.S. Disengagement

    Authored by Mr. Janusz Bugajski.
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    For the first time in modern history, the entire Balkan Peninsula has the opportunity to be included under one security and developmental umbrella combining NATO and the European Union. Unfortunately, this historic vision is being undermined by a plethora of political, social, economic, ethnic, and national disputes and the shortcomings of Western institutions in eliminating potential security challenges.

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    Russia's Homegrown Insurgency: Jihad in the North Caucasus

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    The insurgency in the North Caucasus is virtually unknown outside Russia, but it is the greatest threat to Russia’s domestic security. These studies open that “ black box” and provide much analysis that should lead to further reflection on the issues of Islamist insurgency and counterinsurgency.

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    Russia and the Current State of Arms Control

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    The chapters in this volume focus on Russian developments in arms control in the light of the so-called New Start Treaty signed and ratified in 2010 by Russia and the United States in Prague, Czech Republic.

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    Perspectives on Russian Foreign Policy

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    Charles de Gaulle said that states are cold monsters. To see how perhaps one of the coldest of these monsters thinks about and acts in world politics take a look at these essays from SSI’s annual Russia conference of September 26-27, 2011.

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    Arms Control and European Security

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank, COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr.
    Is the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty dead, or waiting to be reborn? These three papers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia illuminate the complexities and dilemmas facing any attempt to raise the vexed issue of conventional arms control in Europe.

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    Against All Odds: Relations between NATO and the MENA Region

    Authored by Dr. Florence Gaub.
    Whereas NATO had no relationships with the Middle East and North Africa at all until 1994, it has expanded now to an extent where the League of Arab States mandated its Libya mission in 2011. This monograph explains this unlikely development.

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    2012-13 Key Strategic Issues List

    Edited by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II.
    The purpose of the Key Strategic Issues List is to provide military and civilian researchers a ready reference for issues of special interest to the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense.

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    Can Russia Reform? Economic, Political, and Military Perspectives

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    Can or will Russia reform its state, economy, and armed forces at the same time? These papers provide an answer to those questions.

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    The Role of Small States in the Post-Cold War Era: The Case of Belarus

    Authored by Dr. Dmitry Shlapentokh.
    The absence of a single center of power or a few centers of power — as was the case during the Cold War — provides the opportunity even for small states, sandwiched between much stronger states, to move with comparative ease from one center of power to another. Even when small states become finally attached to one of these centers, their attachment is not absolute, and freedom of action is still preserved. This provides the opportunity for small states, such as Belarus, to move from one center of power to another or to engage in a sort of geopolitical gamesmanship.

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    Organizational Change in the Russian Airborne Forces: The Lessons of the Georgian Conflict

    Authored by Dr. Rod Thornton.
    Russia’s best troops are to be found in the Airborne Forces. These were the only Russian troops to emerge with their reputation intact after the conflict with Georgia in 2008. They can represent a formidable foe. This monograph examines the current state of the Airborne Forces and why they might be seen as "formidable."

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    Russian Nuclear Weapons: Past, Present, and Future

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    A new work by leading Russian, European, and U.S. experts analyzing the multiple issues of force structure, doctrine, strategy, and Russian national security policy connected with Russia’s reliance on nuclear weapons as the main deterrent of threats to its security.

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    Arms Control and Proliferation Challenges to the Reset Policy

    Authored by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    What are the prospects for further progress in the reset policy with Russia regarding arms control and nuclear proliferation by North Korea and Iran? This monograph attempts to postulate where we are, and possibly where we should be going, or will be going, with respect to these issues.

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    The Afghanistan Question and the Reset in U.S.-Russian Relations

    Authored by Dr. Richard J. Krickus.
    The ability of the United States and Russia to cooperate in Afghanistan represents a solid test of their reset in relations. Skeptics in Washington cite the value gap that separates the two sides as well as compelling evidence that the Kremlin is bent on a course of confrontation and not cooperation with the West. Russian critics claim that there is no justification for Moscow to help Washington in what many Kremlin overlords believe is a losing cause.

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    Natural Gas as an Instrument of Russian State Power

    Authored by Alexander Ghaleb.
    This monograph supports Robert Gates's recent assessment that NATO could face a dim if not dismal future; not because of funding considerations, but because NATO decisions are made by consensus, and many members will be unlikely to side against Russia in the future because of their heavy dependency on Russian Natural Gas.

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    Added July 21, 2011

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union's Common Security and Defense Policy: Intersecting Trajectories

    Authored by Mr. Sarwar A. Kashmeri.
    The author concludes that NATO is increasingly dysfunctional. Unless it is grafted in a supporting role to the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), NATO will soon become irrelevant to transatlantic security needs.

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    Russia in the Arctic

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    The Arctic is the newest sphere of international competition for energy and security access. It pits Russia against the other Arctic states. These essays fully explore and analyze what is at stake here and what Moscow has done to increase its capability and influence in the Arctic.

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    The European Campaign: Its Origins and Conduct

    Authored by Dr. Samuel J. Newland, Dr. Clayton K. S. Chun.
    Given the significance of World War II and the interest in the European Campaign, the authors offer a fresh look at the operations involved in winning the war in Europe.

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    Added June 15, 2011

    Military Modernization and the Russian Ground Forces

    Authored by Dr. Rod Thornton.
    Russia’s political leaders are currently pushing a state- and society-wide process of modernization. How will the deeply conservative Russian military accept and implement those proposed changes?

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    Added June 09, 2011

    The Russian Military and the Georgia War: Lessons and Implications

    Authored by Dr. Ariel Cohen, Colonel Robert E. Hamilton.
    In this monograph, the authors state that Russia planned the war against Georgia in August 2008 aiming for the annexation of Abkhazia, weakening the Saakashvili regime, and prevention of NATO enlargement. According to them, while Russia won the campaign, it also exposed its own military as badly needing reform. The war also demonstrated weaknesses of the NATO and the European Union security systems.

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    Central Asian Security Trends: Views from Europe and Russia

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    The war in Afghanistan has made Central Asia an ever more important strategic theater and one over which many states compete to exert influence. This monograph comprehensively analyzes Russia's efforts to exert its influence in the region through 2010.

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    Added March 15, 2011

    Russian Military Politics and Russia's 2010 Defense Doctrine

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    These three papers illuminate the political struggles among the government and the military in Russia to forge a new defense doctrine and ultimately the 2010 doctrine itself. No analysis of Russian defense or security policy is complete without the understanding and analysis provided here.

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    Civil-Military Relations in Medvedev's Russia

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    Civil-military relations in Russia are a critical topic in understanding the domestic and foreign policy trajectories of the Russian state. This monograph show how highly undemocratic, and even dangerous, the absence of those democratic controls over the military and the police forces in Russia, when taken together, comprise multiple militaries.

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    Russia's Prospects in Asia

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    To what degree should we take Russia seriously as an important actor in Asia? The three chapters here, taken from an SSI conference in January 2010, actively debate the prospects for Russia as it makes its way in an increasingly complex Asian environment characterized by China’s rising power and multiple threats, such as proliferation in Korea and the Taiwan issue.

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    Operation EUFOR TCHAD/RCA and the EU's Common Security and Defense Policy

    Authored by Mr. Bjoern H. Seibert.
    In the post-September 11, 2001 security environment, the United States faces a complex combination of threats from state to nonstate actors, many with regional or even global reach. Weak and fragile states have become a U.S. security challenge because they provide breeding grounds for terrorism, weapons proliferation, and trafficking in humans and narcotics. How does the U.S. propose to answer this challenge?

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    Added September 02, 2010

    Candidly, One Friend to Another

    Authored by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II.
    Each month a member of the SSI faculty writes an editorial for our monthly newsletter. This is the Op-Ed for the September 2010 newsletter.

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    Added July 14, 2010

    The Russian Military Today and Tomorrow: Essays in Memory of Mary Fitzgerald

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank, Dr. Richard Weitz.
    The essays in this volume represent both a memorial and an analytical call to action. Mary Fitzgerald of the Hudson Institute was one of the most brilliant and vivacious practitioners of the study of the Russian and Chinese militaries, whose insights helped not just to put those fields of study on the map, but also to influence U.S. military thinking.

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    Who Won The Cold War?

    Authored by Thomas F. Berner.
    The role of George Kennan's Containment strategy in securing a U.S. victory in the Cold War has been overstated by both the right and the left.

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    Endgame for the West in Afghanistan? Explaining the Decline in Support for the War in Afghanistan in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, France and Germany

    Authored by Charles A. Miller.
    Analyses of the War in Afghanistan frequently mention the declining or shaky domestic support for the conflict in the United States and among several U.S. allies. This paper dates the beginning of this decline back to the resurgence of the Taliban in 2005-06 and suggests that the deteriorating course of the war on the ground in Afghanistan itself along with mounting casualties is the key reason behind this drop in domestic support for the war.

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    Implications of a Changing NATO

    Authored by COL Phillip R. Cuccia.
    What is the future of NATO and what should be included in the new NATO Strategic Concept due to come out at the end of 2010? This monograph takes a look at these questions and offers a few recommendations.

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    Do Oil Exports Fuel Defense Spending?

    Authored by Dr. Clayton K. S. Chun.
    Rising oil prices facilitate the acquisition of greater resources and perhaps economic development. But oil revenues can also drive a government to finance massive military equipment purchases like Saudi Arabia did in 1979. The nature of governments that rely on raw material extraction and long-term development of military programs may affect how their current and future spending occurs regardless of oil prices. How nations decide to use their national wealth helps explain some of the perennial problems facing oil and commodity exporting nations and provides insights into their relations with other countries.

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    Medvedev's Plan: Giving Russia a Voice but not a Veto in a New European Security System

    Authored by Dr. Richard J. Krickus.
    The author revisits Medvedev’s proposal and, while some Western analysts deem the conflicting interests and value gap that separate the West from Russia to be overwhelming, others argue that the time has come to engage Russia in seeking a common security agenda in Europe. The most compelling question confronting those who favor a security partnership with Russia is: How to give Russia a voice but not a veto in a new European security system?

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    Resetting the Reset Button: Realism About Russia

    Authored by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    Each month a member of the SSI faculty writes an editorial for our monthly newsletter. This is the Op-Ed for the December 2009 newsletter.

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    Russian Elite Image of Iran: From the Late Soviet Era to the Present

    Authored by Dr. Dmitry Shlapentokh.
    Increasing numbers of Russian intellectuals became disenchanted with the West, particularly after the end of the USSR, and looked for alternative geopolitical alliances. The Muslim world, with Iran at the center, became one of the possible alternatives.

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    Alien: How Operational Art Devoured Strategy

    Authored by Brigadier Justin Kelly, Dr. Michael James Brennan.
    This authors argue that the idea of an operational level of war charged with the planning and conduct of campaigns misconceives the relationship between wars, campaigns, and operations, and is both historically mistaken and wrong in theory. They conclude that its incorporation into U.S. doctrine has had the regrettable impact of separating the conduct of campaigns from the conduct of wars and consequently marginalized the role of politics in the direction of war. In essence, they argue that the idea of the campaign has come to overwhelm that of strategy.

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