Richard Melson

November 2005



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McNair Paper 69
"Reassessing the Implications of a Nuclear-Armed Iran"

by Judith S. Yaphe and Charles D. Lutes, October 2005

What is motivating Tehran to seek a nuclear weapons capability, and what impact might such a capability have upon the greater Middle East region and beyond?. In this new study, authors Judith S. Yaphe and Charles D. Lutes show that Iran’s nuclear intentions are clearer now, while U.S. policy options to forestall such intentions may be more limited .

"Critical Vote in Iraq", PBS Newshour hosted by Ray Suarez,

with guest Dr. Judith Yaphe, 14 October 2005.

"China’s Future in Space: Implications for U.S. Security"

By Phillip C. Saunders, adAstra -

The Magazine of the National Space Society, September 2005

INSS's Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs website can be viewed at:

Central Asia:

From October 19-22, INSS Senior Research Fellow Eugene Rumer visited Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he met with Uzbek officials and academic specialists and discussed US-Uzbek relations and US policy in Central Asia. On Oct. 22, Dr. Rumer spoke at a conference organized by the Institute of Strategic and Regional Studies of Uzbekistan on the geopolitical situation in Central Asia and the role of international organizations in maintaining security and stability in the region.

Strategic Forum 217
"Sustaining U.S.-European Global Security Cooperation"
by Stephen J. Flanagan, September 2005

Stephen Flanagan, NDU Vice President for Research and INSS Director, examines the current, improved state of European-American transatlantic security cooperation, and what will be required over the next decade to narrow lingering Europe-American differences over threat perceptions, strategy, and military priorities.

"Transatlantic Ricochet: How U.S. Reassessments Will (or will not) Transform Europe"
by Leo Michel, EuroFuture, Autumn 2005

The U.S. is conducting four major defense reassessments this year--involving strategy, capabilities, global posture, and domestic basing. Author Leo Michel examines the implications of these for transatlantic cooperation.

"Don't go wobbly on the orange"

by Stephen J. Flanagan and Eugene Rumer, International Herald Tribune, 30 September 2005

The authors of this commentary article put forth the arguments for continued U.S. and allied support for this emerging democracy despite its chaotic politics.

Central American Ministers Conference on Security:

From October 12-13, 2005 INSS Senior Research Fellow Jay Cope participated in the Central American Ministers Conference on Security, hosted by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, in Key Biscayne, Florida.


"Haitian Elections Surrounded by Insecurity" - Robert Maguire, Ph.D., Director of Programs in International Affairs, Trinity University, was the featured speaker at the July 2005 "Colleagues" roundtable.

The INSS Colleagues for the Americas Seminar Series is a program of monthly meetings that commenced in 1994 to further research on hemispheric security and defense issues and to contribute to the professional education of United States and foreign practitioners. An archive of these reports is available on the INSS Research Directorate page.

Click here to visit the INSS Research Directorate page for more "Colleagues for the Americas" reports, and more information about this and other related topics.


Occasional Paper: Transforming Defense
by Christopher J. Lamb, with contributions from M. Elaine Bunn, Charles Lutes, and Christopher Cavoli, September 2005, NDU Press

Strategic Forum 214
Insurgency: Modern Warfare Evolves into a Fourth Generation

by T.X. Hammes, January 2005, NDU Press

Excerpt: "Although these modern insurgencies are the only type of war that the United States has lost (Vietnam, Lebanon, and Somalia), they can be overcome--witness Malaya (1950s) Oman (1970s), and El Salvador (1980s). Winning, however, requires coherent, patient action that encompasses the full range of political, economic, social, and military activities. The United States cannot force its opponents to fight the short, high-technology wars it easily dominates. Instead, the nation must learn to fight fourth-generation wars anew."

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Strategic Forum 209
Deploying Missile Defense: Major Operational Challenges

by M. Elaine Bunn, August 2004, NDU Press

Excerpt: "The gradual phase-in of ballistic missile defense deployments will mark an important change in the policy context of the missile defense issue. Past debate focused on whether missile defenses should be deployed and whether they would work. These issues will now share the limelight with another pressing question: how would missile defenses actually be used?"

Click here to visit the INSS Research Directorate page for more information about this and related studies.

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Global Anti-Terrorism Environment (GATE). On 18 July, 2005, INSS hosted a writer’s workshop on the topic of building a global anti-terrorism environment (GATE). Organized by INSS Senior Fellow Joe McMillan, the workshop included contributors to a forthcoming INSS edited volume that assesses public opinion trends in the Muslim world, the socio-political roots of Islamist extremism, the challenges of countering ideological support for terrorism, and new initiatives for improving U.S. strategic communications.

ITEA and Army War College co-host July conference on interagency education.

The U.S. Army War College and the National Strategic Gaming Center's Interagency Transformation Education and After Action Review (ITEA) Program hosted an "Interagency Education Conference" at the National Defense University on July 26-27, 2005. The intent of the conference was to ensure a cross-fertilization of interagency-related curricula, differing education and training experiences, and resources. The longer-term objective entails an overall expansion and improvement of interagency education and training to better prepare students for the realities of the transformed 21st-century environment.

Click here to visit the ITEA website for more information.


NOVEMBER 26, 2005