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Prof. Hafez Explains Factional Conflicts Inside Jihadist Movements
New article by Prof. Hafez discusses how jihadists justify killing each other despite their shared ideological worldviews and mutual state adversaries. Read More

Unified Iran: NSA Dr. Ostovar on Iran’s Strategic Decision Making
Dr. Afshon Ostovar has published an article, titled “Iran, Unity of the State,” in the 18 October 2019 edition of Foreign Affairs. Read More

NSA Student Article in MC Gazette Calls for Technology in Moderation
Former NSA student, Captain YiCheng Garrard, has written an article titled “Technology: Revolutionary in Moderation, Fatal in Excess,” published in the October 2019 version of the Marine Corps Gazette. Read More

Prof Covell Meyskens Article in Nonproliferation Review on Chinese Views of North Korea
NSA Professor Covell Meyskens has a new article, “Chinese Views of the Nuclear Endgame in North Korea” just published by Nonproliferation Review. Read More

Foreign Policy Article by Professor Meierding
NSA Professor Emily Meierding has written a new article titled, “The Real Reason Trump Won’t Attack Iran." Read More

Two New Articles from Prof. Young: NATO Sea Blindness and Central and Eastern Europe Defence
NSA Professor Thomas-Durell Young has recently published two new articles, “NATO’s Selective Sea Blindness” and “What are Governments in Central and Eastern Europe not Buying with their Defence Budgets? The Readiness Clue.” Read More

Professor Tom Johnson’s Book Released in Farsi
Professor Tom Johnson’s book, Taliban Narratives, has been released in Farsi by the Afghan Institute of Strategic Studies. Read More

New Article on Iran by NSA Professor Afshon Ostovar
A June 19 issue of Foreign Policy features Professor Ostovar’s newest article, “The Islamic Republic of Recklessness.” Read More

NSA Prof. Naazneen Barma Addressed Local World Affairs Council on Afghanistan
On 23 May 2019, NSA Prof. Naazneen Barma addressed World Affairs Council in Monterey on Afghanistan’s political order and peace prospects. Read More

NSA Professor Jasper Spoke at Three Cyber Forums in Prague
NSA Dr. Jasper spoke at three cyber forums in May at the invitation of the US Embassy in Prague. Read More

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Eternal Dawn: Turkey in the Age of Atatürk
Author: Ryan Gingeras
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
Author: David L. Anderson
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
Author: Cris Matei and Carolyn Halladay, eds.
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
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.

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.

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