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Added December 23, 2011
Type: Monograph
Organizational Change in the Russian Airborne Forces: The Lessons of the Georgian Conflict. Authored by Dr. Rod Thornton.
Russia’s best troops are to be found in the Airborne Forces. These were the only Russian troops to emerge with their reputation intact after the conflict with Georgia in 2008. They can represent a formidable foe. This monograph examines the current state of the Airborne Forces and why they might be seen as "formidable."
Added November 22, 2011
Type: Book
Russian Nuclear Weapons: Past, Present, and Future. Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
A new work by leading Russian, European, and U.S. experts analyzing the multiple issues of force structure, doctrine, strategy, and Russian national security policy connected with Russia’s reliance on nuclear weapons as the main deterrent of threats to its security.
Added October 31, 2011
Type: Monograph
Arms Control and Proliferation Challenges to the Reset Policy. Authored by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
What are the prospects for further progress in the reset policy with Russia regarding arms control and nuclear proliferation by North Korea and Iran? This monograph attempts to postulate where we are, and possibly where we should be going, or will be going, with respect to these issues.
Added October 21, 2011
Type: Letort Papers
The Afghanistan Question and the Reset in U.S.-Russian Relations. Authored by Dr. Richard J. Krickus.
The ability of the United States and Russia to cooperate in Afghanistan represents a solid test of their reset in relations. Skeptics in Washington cite the value gap that separates the two sides as well as compelling evidence that the Kremlin is bent on a course of confrontation and not cooperation with the West. Russian critics claim that there is no justification for Moscow to help Washington in what many Kremlin overlords believe is a losing cause.
Added October 18, 2011
Type: Letort Papers
Natural Gas as an Instrument of Russian State Power. Authored by Mr. Alexander Ghaleb.
This monograph supports Robert Gates's recent assessment that NATO could face a dim if not dismal future; not because of funding considerations, but because NATO decisions are made by consensus, and many members will be unlikely to side against Russia in the future because of their heavy dependency on Russian Natural Gas.
Added July 21, 2011
Type: Monograph
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union's Common Security and Defense Policy: Intersecting Trajectories. Authored by Mr. Sarwar A. Kashmeri.
The author concludes that NATO is increasingly dysfunctional. Unless it is grafted in a supporting role to the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), NATO will soon become irrelevant to transatlantic security needs.
Added July 13, 2011
Type: Monograph
Russia in the Arctic. Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
The Arctic is the newest sphere of international competition for energy and security access. It pits Russia against the other Arctic states. These essays fully explore and analyze what is at stake here and what Moscow has done to increase its capability and influence in the Arctic.
Added June 30, 2011
Type: Monograph
The European Campaign: Its Origins and Conduct. Authored by Dr. Samuel J. Newland, Dr. Clayton K. S. Chun.
Given the significance of World War II and the interest in the European Campaign, the authors offer a fresh look at the operations involved in winning the war in Europe.
Added June 15, 2011
Type: Monograph
Military Modernization and the Russian Ground Forces. Authored by Dr. Rod Thornton.
Russia’s political leaders are currently pushing a state- and society-wide process of modernization. How will the deeply conservative Russian military accept and implement those proposed changes?
Added June 09, 2011
Type: Monograph
The Russian Military and the Georgia War: Lessons and Implications. Authored by Dr. Ariel Cohen, Colonel Robert E. Hamilton.
In this monograph, the authors state that Russia planned the war against Georgia in August 2008 aiming for the annexation of Abkhazia, weakening the Saakashvili regime, and prevention of NATO enlargement. According to them, while Russia won the campaign, it also exposed its own military as badly needing reform. The war also demonstrated weaknesses of the NATO and the European Union security systems.
Added April 19, 2011
Type: Monograph
Central Asian Security Trends: Views from Europe and Russia. Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
The war in Afghanistan has made Central Asia an ever more important strategic theater and one over which many states compete to exert influence. This monograph comprehensively analyzes Russia's efforts to exert its influence in the region through 2010.
Added March 15, 2011
Type: Monograph
Russian Military Politics and Russia's 2010 Defense Doctrine. Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
These three papers illuminate the political struggles among the government and the military in Russia to forge a new defense doctrine and ultimately the 2010 doctrine itself. No analysis of Russian defense or security policy is complete without the understanding and analysis provided here.
Added January 25, 2011
Type: Monograph
Civil-Military Relations in Medvedev's Russia. Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
Civil-military relations in Russia are a critical topic in understanding the domestic and foreign policy trajectories of the Russian state. This monograph show how highly undemocratic, and even dangerous, the absence of those democratic controls over the military and the police forces in Russia, when taken together, comprise multiple militaries.