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Added December 27, 2007
Type: Student (Carlisle) Papers
Overcoming the Obstacles to Establishing a Democratic State in Afghanistan. Authored by Colonel Dennis O. Young.
The author outlines potential solutions to the problematic and challenging situation in Afghanistan today. The difficulties facing U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan are endemic and will require a long-term commitment of time, money, and resources to overcome these obstacles in order to stabilize and democratize this nation.
Added October 25, 2007
Type: Student (Carlisle) Papers
The Military Strategy of Global Jihad. Authored by Lieutenant Colonel Sarah E. Zabel.
Al-Qaeda has declared war on the United States and the rest of the civilized world, but how does the organization plan to win that war? The author draws on sources from within the broader global jihad movement to explain the movement’s goals and the mechanisms it proposes to enact a revolution.
Added October 22, 2007
Type: Student (Carlisle) Papers
Opium and Afghanistan: Reassessing U.S. Counternarcotics Strategy. Authored by Lieutenant Colonel John A. Glaze.
The author concludes that the skyrocketing opium trade in Afghanistan is threatening to destabilize the government and turn the conflict-ridden country back into a safe haven for drug traffickers and terrorists. The author also argues that the counternarcotics strategy has been ineffective in reducing opium production and needs to be modified to better help achieve stability in Afghanistan.
Added September 28, 2007
Type: Monograph
Turkmenistan and Central Asia after Niyazov. Authored by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
Turkmenistan, a key natural gas producer in Central Asia is undergoing a transition from the sultanistic regime of President Sapirmurat Niyazov to some other form of rule. It also is being courted by all the major powers in Central Asian politics. This monograph examines the domestic dynamics of succession here and in Central Asia and the entwined international rivalry or great game for energy access and influence over regional security in Central Asia.
Added August 03, 2007
Type: Student (Carlisle) Papers
Shaping Commitment: Resolving Canada's Strategy Gap in Afghanistan and Beyond. Authored by Colonel D. Craig Hilton.
The author concludes that Canada's current efforts in Afghanistan illustrate the need for Canada to urgently reassess the manner of its national security strategy process, particularly in light of future demands.
Added July 18, 2007
Type: Other
2007 Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL). Edited by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II.
The Key Strategic Issues List gives researchers, whether military professionals or civilian scholars, a ready reference of those issues of particular interest to the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense. Its focus is strategic, rather than operational or tactical. Every year, the KSIL helps guide research efforts to the mutual benefit of the defense community and individual researchers.
Added July 02, 2007
Type: Monograph
Political Trends in the New Eastern Europe: Ukraine and Belarus. Authored by Dr. Arkady Moshes, Dr. Vitali Silitski.
In both cases, the interplay of domestic and foreign factors of security is critical to any grasp of the issues in Belarus and Ukraine and thus to sound policy analysis and policymaking in regard to them. This interplay is one of the defining features of the international security agenda that the U.S. Army and the U.S. Government grapple with on a daily basis.
Added April 10, 2007
Type: Monograph
Biodefense Research Supporting the DoD: A New Strategic Vision. Authored by Colonel Coleen K. Martinez.
The author examines why, despite devoting decades of research to developing countermeasures against biological agents, the Department of Defense has few products in its arsenal. She concludes that the military requires significant change in program structure and management to begin fielding protective drugs and vaccines for the warfighter efficiently.
Added March 22, 2007
Type: Monograph
U.S. Interests in Central Asia and the Challenges to Them. Authored by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
The author assesses U.S. interests in Central Asia and the challenges to them. He recommends policies designed to meet those challenges to American policy in this increasingly more important area of the world.
Added March 08, 2007
Type: Monograph
Russia, the United States, and the Caucasus. Authored by Dr. R. Craig Nation.
Many factors have ensured that the Caucasus would become a source of significant international engagement and concern. While highlighting conflicting interests, the author explores areas of Russian and American shared priorities and mutual advantage that may provide a foundation for containing conflict and heading off further regional disintegration.