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Navy Enlisted in New Regional Studies Program
May 21, 2020New NPS program welcomes enlisted as part of a new program, NPS Regional Security Studies Program, springing from the 2020 Education for Seapower Strategy. Read More
“Examination of Afghanistan’s 2018 Wolesi Jirga Elections” by NSA Prof. Tom Johnson
April 30, 2020NSA Prof. Tom Johnson has co-authored a new article on Afghan electrons with Ronald J. Barnhart for the April 2020 edition of the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs. The article, “An ... Read More
Chinese Foreign Policy Reviewed by NSA Student Maj. Christensen
March 10, 2020The US Air Force Strategic Studies Quarterly published a book review by NSA student Major Temesha R. Christensen (USAF). Maj. Christensen, a current student, reviewed Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introd... Read More
2019 JPR Article of the Year Award Goes to NSA Prof Hafez and Co-authors
February 24, 2020NSA Professor Mohammed Hafez has co-authored (with Emily Kalah Gade and Michael Gabbay) an award winning article, “Fratricide in Rebel Movements: A Network Analysis of Syrian Militant Infighting,” whi... Read More
Current NSA Student Publishes Articles on Naval Integration and Great Power Competition
February 18, 2020Maj. Ryan Tice publishes and article on naval integration and another on great power competition in the Arctic. Read More
Security Assistance in the Middle East: New Paper for NSA’s COL Zavage and Prof (ret.) Springborg
February 17, 2020Col John Zavage, the Foreign Area Officer Chair under the NSA Department and retired NSA Professor Robert Springborg have written a paper (with F.C. “Pink” Williams), which has just been released by t... Read More
Prof Matei Article on Tunisia's Intelligence Reform
January 31, 2020Prof Cris Matei co-authored an article on Tunisian Intelligence Reform, Post-Arab Spring Read More
Another Piece of the Puzzle: New Article on State and Peace Building by NSA Professors Barma and Piombo
January 11, 2020In December 2019, the Minerva Institute’s blog Owl in the Olive Tree published “The Puzzle of International Intervention in Conflict-Affected States” by NSA Professors Nazneen Barma and Jessica Piombo. Read More
Prof. Hafez Explains Factional Conflicts Inside Jihadist Movements
December 9, 2019New article by Prof. Hafez discusses how jihadists justify killing each other despite their shared ideological worldviews and mutual state adversaries. Read More
Iran, the Unitary State: NSA Dr. Ostovar on Iran’s Strategic Decision Making
December 1, 2019Dr. Afshon Ostovar has published an article, titled “Iran, the Unitary State,” in the 18 October 2019 edition of Foreign Affairs. Read More
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Eternal Dawn: Turkey in the Age of Atatürk
As a study grounded in largely untapped archival and scholarly sources, Eternal Dawn presents a definitive look inside the development and evolution of Atatürk's Turkey. Rather than presenting the country's founding and transformation as an extension of Mustafa Kemal's life and achievements, scholar Ryan Gingeras presents Turkey's early years as the culmination of a variety of social and political forces dating back to the late Ottoman Empire.
Vietnamization: Politics, Strategy, Legacy
When he took office in 1969, the term that Richard Nixon embraced to describe his plan for ending the American war in Vietnam was “Vietnamization,” the process of withdrawing US troops and turning over responsibility for the war to the South Vietnamese government. The concept had far reaching implications, both for understanding Nixon’s actions and for shaping U.S. military thinking years after Washington’s failure to ensure the survival of its client state in South Vietnam.
Conduct of Intelligence in Democracies: Processes, Practices, Cultures
What are the role and place of secret services and covert operations in democratic settings? How do states balance the need for both secrecy and openness? What are the challenges to creating effective intelligence practices? Focusing on these crucial questions, the authors of The Conduct of Intelligence in Democracies examine the purposes and processes of intelligence communities in today's security environment.
Handbook of International Trade Agreements: Country, Regional and Global Approaches
Edited by Dr. Robert E. Looney, this handbook explores international and regional preferential trade agreements through which countries with similar interests can benefit from economic liberalization and expanded trade. It also explores the strengths and weaknesses of these agreements as well as how agreement members can sustain growth and prosperity given the perpetual challenges of the global economic environment.
Soldiers, War, Knowledge, and Citizenship: German-American Essays on Civil-Military Relations
Professors Donald Abenheim and Carolyn Halladay have published essays on German-American civil-military relations, an anthology at the center of which is the "citizen in uniform" and concern for this institution. The individual contributions analyze from different perspectives (especially focusing on the problem of tradition), which are challenged by this culture and a corresponding soldierly self-understanding on both sides of the Atlantic.
Anatomy of Post-Communist European Defense Institutions
Dr. Thomas-Durell Young delves into the state of defense institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, whose resources have declined at a faster rate than their Western neighbors due to social and fiscal circumstances at home and shifting international attitudes. He documents the status of reform of these armed forces and the role that Western nations have played since the Cold War and identifies barriers to success, the most successful management practices in both Western and Eastern capitals.
Taliban Narratives: The Use and Power of Stories in the Afghanistan Conflict
Why has the Taliban been so much more effective in presenting messages that resonate with the Afghan population than the United States, the Afghan government and their allies? This book, based on years of field research and the assessment of hundreds of original source materials, examines the information operations and related narratives of Afghan insurgents, especially the Afghan Taliban, and investigates how the Taliban has won the information war.
Strategic Cyber Deterrence: The Active Cyber Defense Option
This book by Scott Jasper offers a systematic analysis of the various existing strategic cyber deterrence options and introduces the alternative strategy of active cyber defense. It examines the array of malicious actors operating in the domain, their methods of attack, and their motivations. It also provides answers on what is being done, and what could be done, by the government and industry to convince malicious actors that their attacks will not succeed and that risk of repercussions exists.
Handbook of Transitions to Energy and Climate Security
This book by Prof Robert Looney discusses the transformation of the energy security policy arena brought on by two dramatic developments—the increased potential availability of energy in many parts of the world on the supply side, and on the demand side, increasing concerns over the harmful effects on the environment brought on by the use of fossil fuels. It focuses on energy security means to different countries and examines which of those countries appear to be managing their energy/climate transitions successfully and which are having a more difficultly.
The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict Statesarchive of previous publications
The Peacebuilding Puzzle explains the disconnect between the formal institutional engineering undertaken by international interventions and the governance outcomes emerging in their aftermath. Barma's comparative analysis of interventions in Cambodia, East Timor, and Afghanistan focuses on the incentives motivating domestic elites over a sequence of three peacebuilding phases: the elite peace settlement, the transitional governance period, and the aftermath of intervention.