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    Added December 15, 2014

    Operationalizing Counter Threat Finance Strategies

    Authored by Dr. Shima D. Keene.
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    Counter Threat Finance strategies have the potential to be a multifaceted weapon both for the purpose of gathering intelligence and for direct action. This Paper highlights ways in which Counter Threat Finance strategies can be applied not only to effectively disrupt adversary activity, but also to stabilize local economies for the purpose of capturing hearts and minds, as well as to serve in advance as indicators and warnings of impending instability.

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    Added December 05, 2014

    American Grand Strategy and the Future of U.S. Landpower

    Edited by Major Joseph V. Da Silva, Dr. Hugh P. Liebert, Professor Isaiah Wilson, III.
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    As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wane, an era of budget austerity emerges and the U.S. strategic focus shifts toward the Pacific, what role should LandPower play in American grand strategy? This volume offers an authoritative set of responses to this question from leading experts in international relations and security studies.

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    Added November 26, 2014

    Re-examining the Roles of Landpower in the 21st Century and Their Implications

    Authored by Dr. William T. Johnsen.
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    Despite over a decade of predominantly land warfare, American policymakers are unsure about the future relevance and utility of Landpower. An increasingly uncertain and ambiguous international security environment, combined with the complexities of modern warfare argues for greater clarification of what Landpower means in 21st century terms.

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    Added November 20, 2014

    Central Asia's Shrinking Connectivity Gap: Implications for U.S. Strategy

    Authored by Roman Muzalevsky.
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    The U.S. global and regional role and capabilities will depend on how well it adjusts its grand strategy in response to current and projected trends in the era of rising powers. In this context, the rise of China, India, and the resurgence of Russia—all capable of challenging regional orders—calls for an engaged, long-term, and concerted U.S. global and regional strategy in Central Asia—the area that figures increasingly prominent in the grand strategies of the rising powers.

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    Added November 19, 2014

    Creating an Effective Regional Alignment Strategy for the U.S. Army

    Authored by Major Raven Bukowski, Major John Childress, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael J. Colarusso, Lieutenant Colonel David S. Lyle.
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    Despite talk about regional alignment, the Army has taken few concrete steps to prepare for this dramatic change. While enormous in its implications, the Army’s current regional alignment plan seems to be little more than directing units to “focus regionally” and aligning them with the appropriate combatant command.

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    Added November 18, 2014

    Tribal Militias: An Effective Tool to Counter Al-Qaida and Its Affiliates?

    Authored by Dr. Norman Cigar.
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    Since many of the societies in which Al-Qaida, its affiliates, and offshoots operate have a significant tribal component, tribally-based militias may be a critical tool in fighting against Al-Qaida, because such militias can provide a cost-effective mechanism and serve as a force multiplier for U.S. Landpower. However, tribal militias are no panacea, but can be a two-edged sword and, like any weapon, has to be understood and wielded with caution and skill in order to avoid unintended consequences.

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    Added November 18, 2014

    The Role of Leadership in Transitional States: The Cases of Lebanon, Israel-Palestine

    Authored by Dr. Anastasia Filippidou.
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    Asymmetric leadership of radical organizations: necessary for the transition to stability, but also part of the problem.

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    Added November 10, 2014

    Stepping Up: Burden Sharing by NATO's Newest Members

    Authored by Dr. Joel R. Hillison.
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    The burden sharing behavior of new NATO members is compared to that of old NATO members. Are new NATO members burden sharing at a greater rate than older NATO members?

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    Added November 06, 2014

    Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach?

    Edited by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski.
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    Ever since President Obama spotlighted nuclear terrorism as one of the top threats to international security, guarding and disposing of nuclear weapons-useable materials have become top international priorities.

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    Added October 28, 2014

    Maneuvering the Islamist-Secularist Divide in the Arab World: How the United States Can Preserve its Interests and Values in an Increasingly Polarized Environment

    Authored by Gregory Aftandilian.
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    This monograph explores the growing Islamist-secularist divide in Arab countries, particularly in Egypt and Tunisia, which has polarized such societies and often led to zero-sum politics. It offers recommendations for U.S. policymakers to maneuver through this divide while preserving U.S. interests and values.

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    Added October 28, 2014

    U.S. Policy and Strategy Toward Afghanistan after 2014

    Authored by Dr. Larry P. Goodson, Prof. Thomas H. Johnson.
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    What should the United States do about Afghanistan? After nearly 13 years and substantial U.S. national commitment, much has changed in Afghanistan, the United States, Afghanistan’s region, and the globe. This monograph answers six key questions for U.S. leaders regarding preparation of policy and strategy recommendations on Afghanistan.

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    Added October 16, 2014

    Distinguishing Acts of War in Cyberspace: Assessment Criteria, Policy Considerations, and Response Implications

    Authored by Jeffery L. Caton.
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    Currently, there is no internationally accepted definition of when hostile actions in cyberspace are recognized as attacks, let alone acts of war. Although many of the challenges associated with this conundrum are common with those of the traditional domains (land, sea, and air), how should senior policymakers and decisionmakers address the unique vexations related to the complex and dynamic character of conflict in the cyberspace domain?

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    Added October 01, 2014

    United States-Gulf Cooperation Council Security Coopeeration in a Multipolar World

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri.
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    Military and security cooperation with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is of continuing importance for the United States given the region's pivotal location in the Middle East and proximity to Iran. This monograph examines recent developments in the political and economic dynamics in GCC countries and their neighbors, and the potential implications for this cooperation.

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    Added September 12, 2014

    A History of the U.S. Army Officer Corps, 1900-1990

    Authored by Dr. Arthur T. Coumbe.
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    The Army’s Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis published a series of monographs during 2009 and 2010 intended to provide a theoretical and conceptual framework for an Army Officer Corps Strategy. The present volume supplements that effort, providing an overview of some key developments and assumptions that have guided and shaped the officer corps and the way it has been managed over the last century.

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    Added September 11, 2014

    After the Spring: Reforming Arab Armies

    Authored by Dr. Florence Gaub.
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    The Arab Spring has returned Arab military forces and their necessity for reform to the forefront. Outside actors, such as the United States, are now asked to rethink their security assistance in broader terms, shifting toward comprehensive security sector reform. As several countries are facing large-scale security implosion, terrorism, politicization of the military and protracted instability, the time for reform was never more imminent than now.

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    Added September 10, 2014

    Turkey's New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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    Why is a partnership between Turkey and the United States important? What must be done to create and keep a partnership that is advantageous to both countries?

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    Added September 09, 2014

    Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications for the U.S. Military

    Edited by Dr. John R. Deni.
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    Managing change in the international security environment—whether revolutionary or evolutionary in nature—is never an uncomplicated task. The authors address the military implications of political and social change in the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America.

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    Added September 05, 2014

    The U.S.-India Relationship: Cross-Sector Collaboration To Promote Sustainable Development

    Edited by Dr. Michael J. Fratantuono, Dr. David M. Sarcone, John D. Colwell, Jr.
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    Within the context of the U.S.-India Strategic Relationship and in light of the vital national interests shared by both countries, what factors will contribute to the success of cross-sector collaborative initiatives intended to address challenges associated with sustainable development? What implications do those insights have for strategic leaders in different sectors?

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    Added September 03, 2014

    A New Type of Great Power Relationship between the United States and China: The Military Dimension

    Authored by Professor Geoffrey Till.
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    President Xi Jinping's recent suggestion that a newly empowered China and the United States adopt a relationship that is new and different from previous relations between the great powers provides an ideal opportunity for the United States to consider its strategic options in the region.

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    Added August 26, 2014

    Russia and the Caspian Sea: Projecting Power or Competing for Influence?

    Authored by Dr. Tracey German.
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    A clear understanding of Russian strategic thinking and threat perception concerning the Caspian Sea is vital in order to facilitate effective U.S. policy in the wider Caucasus and Central Asian region.

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    Added August 08, 2014

    Strategic Retrenchment and Renewal in the American Experience

    Edited by Dr. Peter Feaver.
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    Amid fiscal austerity and international crisis, should the United States seek to renew its global leadership, or retrench its geopolitical commitments? This volume brings historical and theoretical insights to bear on that question through a series of essays that examine the current debate as well as past episodes in which American leaders were confronted with similar choices.

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    Added August 06, 2014

    Strategic Implications of the Evolving Shanghai Cooperation Organization

    Authored by Henry Plater-Zyberk, Dr. Andrew Monaghan.
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    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has the potential to obstruct U.S. policy aims in Central Asia, but also to facilitate them. However, both of these potentials are imperfectly understood. This monograph explains the SCO, and its real implications for U.S. policy toward both Central Asia and the SCO’s dominant partners, Russia and China.

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    Added July 25, 2014

    Visual Propaganda and Extremism in the Online Environment

    Authored by Dr. Carol K. Winkler, Dr. Cori E. Dauber.
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    Visual images have been a central component of propaganda for as long as propaganda has been produced. Terrorist groups, with very little initial investment, are making videos that are coming so close to the quality of BBC or CNN broadcasts that the difference is meaningless, and with access to the web, they have instantaneous access to a global audience.

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    Added July 21, 2014

    Revival of Political Islam in the Aftermath of Arab Uprisings: Implications for the Region and Beyond

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri.
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    The rise to power of Islamist political parties in a number of North African states over the past 3 years has caused widespread concern over the future domestic and foreign policy directions of those states. This monograph explores political change in Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco, and concludes that despite political crises in each country, worst case scenarios have not been borne out and there is hope for optimism.

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    Added July 17, 2014

    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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    Added July 08, 2014

    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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    Added June 26, 2014

    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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    Added June 24, 2014

    The Paracel Islands and U.S. Interests and Approaches in the South China Sea

    Authored by Lieutenant Colonel Clarence J. Bouchat (USAF, Ret.).
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    Learn how the Paracel Islands disputes act as a primer about the South China Sea conflicts and U.S., Vietnamese, and Chinese relations in the region. This analysis may help the reader better understand these disputes, and how the United States may address them.

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    Added June 19, 2014

    Operational Reservations: Considerations for a Total Army Force

    Authored by COL John D. Ellis, COL (Ret.) Laura McKnight Mackenzie.
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    Despite fighting shoulder-to-shoulder this past decade, the U.S. Army is comprised of essentially “three Armies”—the active component, the Army Reserve, and the National Guard. While an intriguing start to integrate the three components, the Army Total Force Policy is not a panacea for reform. Real and meaningful work still needs to be done to bring the three into effective alignment and in a way to foster cooperation and mutual respect.

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    Added June 17, 2014

    Moving Beyond Pretense: Nuclear Power and Nonproliferation

    Edited by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski.
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    The further proliferation and possible use of nuclear weapons are among the very greatest threats to U.S. and international security, yet most governments and industry officials downplay the risks of civilian nuclear technology and materials being diverted to make bombs. They use this optimistic assessment in formulating U.S. and international nuclear trade and nonproliferation policies. This volume taps the insights and analyses of 13 top nuclear and security experts to weigh the validity of their narrative. The result is a comprehensive counternarrative that recommends a significant tightening of current nonproliferation controls.

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