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Mr. James A. Russell is managing editor of Strategic Insights, the bi-monthly e-journal published by the Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. He also serves as senior lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs at NPS, where he teaches courses on Middle East security affairs, terrorism, and national security strategy. From 1988 to 2001, Mr. Russell held a variety of positions in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Near East South Asia. During this period, he traveled extensively in the Persian Gulf and Middle East working on U.S. security policy. His articles and commentaries have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, San Jose Mercury News, Security and Terrorism Research Bulletin, World Defence Systems, Middle East Policy, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Comparative Strategy, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Review of International Affairs, Joint Force Quarterly, Naval War College Review, Nonproliferation Review, and Contemporary Security Policy. His latest article, “Whither Regional Security In a World Turned Upside Down?” appeared in the Summer 2007 issue of Middle East Policy. He is the editor of WMD Proliferation in the Middle East: Directions and Policy Options in the New Century and Critical Issues Facing the Middle East: Security, Politics, and Economics (New York: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2006). Mr. Russell holds a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation for the War Studies Department, King’s College, University of London.
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Authored by James A. Russell.
The United States confronts an altered distribution of regional power in the aftermath of its invasion of Iraq. That distribution of power features new internal political dynamics that are shaping the ways that states are responding to the security environment. The United States needs to come to grips with these emerging dynamics if it is to successfully continue in its role of guarantor of regional security and stability.