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Research and Analysis
Threat Posed by Mounting Vigilantism in Mexico, by Dr. George W. Grayson. In recent years, the Mexican media has highlighted brutal acts of vigilantism, known as linchamientos or citizen violence, against suspected wrongdoers in their communities. Mobs have torched presumed pedophiles; average citizens have beaten suspected home invaders; and passengers on buses have hit, kicked, and tortured men who have tried to rob them. Is this behavior related to the nation’s bloody drug war? Does it spring from the indifference of police to poor areas? Or is a means for members of an anonymous crowd to release frustrations over persistent unemployment, acute poverty, and ubiquitous corruption?

China-Latin America Military Engagement: Good Will, Good Business, and Strategic Position, by R. Evan Ellis. This monograph examines Chinese military engagement with Latin America, finding that the level of such activity is higher than is generally recognized, and has expanded in important ways, with high-level trips by Latin American defense and security personnel, officer exchange programs, growing arms sales, military-relevant space, aviation, and telecom-munications collaboration, and a small but important physical presence in the region.

National Security Reform 2010: A Midterm Assessment, edited by Dr. Joseph R. Cerami, Dr. Robert H. Dorff, and Matthew Harber. This book includes a summary report of three panels, along with selected papers, from an April 22, 2010, colloquium in Washington, DC, on “2010: Preparing for a Midterm Assessment of Leadership and National Security Reform in the Obama Administration.”

Adapting, Transforming, and Modernizing Under Fire: The Mexican Military 2006-11, by Inigo Guevara Moyano. Over the past 5 years, the Mexican armed forces have been used as the main tools of the government’s national security policy. They have endured attacks from organized crime and criticism from the media and civil society, forcing them to transform, modernize, and adapt to better fulfill their responsibility of protecting the Mexican state and its people.

Coming Soon
Threat Posed by Mounting Vigilantism in Mexico, by George W. Grayson

Mexico’s "Narco-Refugees": The Looming Challenge for U.S. National Security, by Paul Rexton Kan

Presidential Succession Scenarios in Egypt and Their Impact on U.S.-Egyptian Strategic Relations, by Gregory Aftandilian

Arms Control and Proliferation Challenges to the Reset Policy, by Stephen J. Blank

Puncturing the Counterinsurgency Myth: Britain and Irregular Warfare in the Past, Present, and Future, by Andrew Mumford

 
Monthly Op-Ed
Anticipating Contemporary War: How Well Did We Do? by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II.


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On August 16, Reuters cited Dr. Andrew Terrill in "Analysis: Syrian Offensive risks backfiring on Assad."

World Affairs published published Dr. Blank's article, "From Russia with Greed: British Petroleum's Other Crisis," in its September/October 2011 issue. On August 17, the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute published Dr. Blank's article, "U.S. Drawdown in Afghanistan Stirs Reactions," in the CACI Analyst. On August 18, the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami published Dr. Blank's article, "Russia's Second Wind in Latin America," in Perspectives.

On August 18, Dr. Leonard Wong briefed the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army on societal confidence in the U.S. Military.

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