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Added December 11, 2015
Type: Book
The Human Terrain System: Operationally Relevant Social Science Research in Iraq and Afghanistan. Authored by Dr. Christopher Sims.
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Investigation of the experiences and insights of social scientists that conducted research at the tactical level in Iraq and Afghanistan offers a nuanced examination of the challenges posed by those conflicts. This book explains how a military crisis catalyzed the creation of the Human Terrain System and traces its effect through interviews with former program members.
Added October 29, 2015
Type: Monograph
Unlocking India’s Strategic Potential in Central Asia. Authored by Roman Muzalevsky.
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Select elements of India’s strategic culture and geopolitical constraints account for its limited presence in Central Asia compared to great and middle-ranked powers alike. While Delhi could rely on its own resources to advance its position in Central Asia, it is far better off partnering with Washington. Without such partnership, its positioning in Central Asia and the world will be slower, while its efforts to turn its regional aspirations into influence – severely constrained.
Added July 29, 2015
Type: Monograph
Reassessing the Barriers to Islamic Radicalization in Kazakhstan. Authored by Zhulduz Baizakova, Mr. Roger N. McDermott.
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This critical study examines the numerous barriers which serve to mitigate the spread of religious extremism and the formation of a local support base for Islamic terrorism in Kazakhstan. These factors, including historical, linguistic, cultural, religious, and social development, are considered in order to understand fully the driving factors in the evolution of Kazakhstan’s counterterrorist policy and the state’s ongoing efforts to restrict the growth of Islamic radicalization.
Added June 25, 2015
Type: Book
The Strategic Lessons Unlearned from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Why the ANSF Will Not Hold, and the Implications for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Authored by Dr. M. Chris Mason.
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The wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan were lost almost before the first American shots were fired, not on the battlefield, but at the strategic level of war. This book explains why, and describes year-by-year, what will happen in Afghanistan from 2015 to 2019.