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NSA Professor Ostovar’s New Article: The Grand Strategy of Militant Clients: Iran’s Way of War
NSA Professor Afshon Ostovar has had a new article titled “The Grand Strategy of Militant Clients: Iran’s Way of War” in a recent edition of Security Studies. In the article (from the abstract), Dr. O... Read More

NSA Department Appoints a New Chair: Professor Clay Moltz
Professor Clay Moltz will assume the duties of the Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs effective 24 September 2018. From 2012–16, Prof. Moltz served as the NSA Department’s Associate ... Read More

NSA Dr. Naazneen Barma Recipient of 2018 Richard W. Hamming Teaching Award
NSA Dr. Naazneen Barma has received the NPS Academic Year 2018 Richard W. Hamming Teaching Award in recognition of her exceptional teaching. Professor Barma excelled in all three criteria for the Hamm... Read More

New NPS Milestone: 100th Book Published by NSA Faculty
NSA Professor Robert E. Looney is editor of a new handbook published through Routledge, titled Handbook of International Trade Agreements: Country, Regional and Global Approaches. The handbook explore... Read More

India’s Wars: New Chapter and Article by Professor S. Paul Kapur
NSA Professor S. Paul Kapur, a leading specialist on India-Pakistan relations, recently published a book chapter titled “India’s Wars” in The Oxford Handbook of India’s National Security. This handboo... Read More

Environmental and Urban Security Risks, New Chapter on Climate Change Impact by NSA Professor James Russell
NSA Professor James Russell has just contributed a chapter titled “Environmental and Urban Security Risks: The Looming Symbiotic Crises of the Mediterranean Rim Cities” to Eckart Woertz’s new monograp... Read More

SIGS Dean Wirtz and NSA Professor Dahl Publish on ISIS and Intelligence
SIGS Dean James Wirtz and NSA Professor Erik Dahl each contributed a chapter to a new book published by Brookings Institution Press titled The Future of ISIS: Regional and International Implications. ... Read More

New Publications on Ideological Vulnerabilities of Islamist Extremism by NSA Professor Hafez
Professor Mohammed Hafez, NSA Department Chair, has published two new articles illuminating the ideological vulnerabilities of Islamist extremism. In “Apologia for Suicide,” he explains how jihad... Read More

NSA Department to Have New Chair: Professor Clay Moltz
Professor Clay Moltz will assume the duties of as the new Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs effective 1 October 2018 and continue to 30 June 2021. He was strongly recommended by the... Read More

New Articles on Programing Challenges and Command and Control by NSA Professor Young
In early 2018, Defense & Security Analysis published an article by NSA Professor Thomas-Durell Young titled “Programming Challenges and Impediments to reform: Identifying Pragmatic Solutions.” Usi... Read More

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Handbook of International Trade Agreements: Country, Regional and Global Approaches
Author: Robert E. Looney
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
Author: Donald Abenheim and Carolyn Halladay
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. They show how both are harmed under the conditions of the "new wars" of the last decades, with their considerable internal political repercussions—to the detriment of democracy as a whole.

Anatomy of Post-Communist European Defense Institutions
Author: Thomas-Durell Young
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
Author: Thomas Johnson
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
Author: Scott Jasper
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
Author: Robert E. Looney
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 States
Author: Naazneen H. Barma
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.

Jihad as Grand Strategy: Islamist Militancy, National Security, and the Pakistani State
Author: S. Paul Kapur
The militant organizations that Pakistan nurtured over the decades are increasingly exceeding its control; continued support for jihad diverts scarce resources from pressing domestic projects, impeding the country's internal development; and the militant campaign's repeated provocations have led India to adopt a more aggressive conventional military posture. Jihad as Grand Strategy shows these developments significantly undermine Pakistani interests, threatening to leave it less politically cohesive and externally secure than it was before. Thus, the strategy has outlived its utility, and Pakistan will have to abandon it in order to avoid catastrophe.

Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics and Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Author: Afshon Ostovar
Professor Afshon Ostovar will be joining the Department of National Security Affairs in July. This is the first comprehensive history of the IRGC from its establishment through 2015. This book explores the development of the IRGC as an institution of power in Iran, and as an influential covert and military force in the Middle East. Afshon Ostovar moves beyond standard narratives of the IRGC, and examines the impact of culture, identity, and religion on the organization's politics and activities.

Maritime Strategy and Global Order
Author: Dan Moran and James Russell
Taken for granted as the natural order of things, peace at sea is in fact an immense and recent achievement—but also an enormous strategic challenge if it is to be maintained in the future. In Maritime Strategy and Global Order, an international roster of top scholars offers historical perspectives and contemporary analysis to explore the role of naval power and maritime trade in creating the international system.

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