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The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is the U.S. Army’s institute for geostrategic and national security research and analysis. SSI conducts global geostrategic research and analysis that creates and advances knowledge to influence solutions for national security problems facing the Army and the nation. SSI serves as a valuable source of ideas, criticism, innovative approaches, and independent analyses as well as a venue to expose external audiences to the U.S. Army’s contributions to the N ...
 
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Released 27 September 2021.Looming budget cuts will necessitate adept management to retain a military capable of competing and winning by avoiding the mistakes made in prior drawdowns. This article presents a framework for government and defense leaders to prepare for the coming drawdown and plan for the necessary capacity of tomorrow across the di…
 
Released 21 September 2021.Drawing on Samuel P. Huntington’s three phases of self-regulationused to determine if an occupation qualifies as a profession, this article focuses onthe third phase of policing and removing those who fail to uphold the standardsset forth in the first two phases. It reviews how the Army implemented this phasefollowing the…
 
Released 16 September 2021.Identifying the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol as an inflection point, this article analyzes the historical relationship between White supremacy and the US military from Reconstruction after the Civil War to the present. The article posits causes for the disproportionate number of current and former members of t…
 
Released 16 September 2021.Using US military aid as a lever to achieve human rights reforms has proven only marginally effective. This article examines the approaches employed by the Obama and Trump administrations to US military aid to Egypt and proposes practical steps that can be taken by policymakers and the military personnel on the ground to …
 
Released 27 July 2021.While unmanned aerial systems can serve as a force multiplier for militants, these systems do not embody a transformation in modern insurgent warfare or enable militants to engage regularly in strategic coercion. Instead, drone use is consistent with a militant group’s relative capabilities and broader strategic objectives. Co…
 
Released 12 July 2021.Shortfalls and inefficiencies in traditional planning and campaigning have become increasingly clear in the current hyperconnected security environment. US military planners can mitigate these deficiencies by embracing integrated planning and campaigning approaches including the development of new organizational structures and…
 
Today we talk with Anna Sevortian, Executive Director of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, about her part in their new report on the state of civil society. With Covid-19 having wrought havoc on our societies, economies, and people, what has the effects of the pandemic been on Civil society organisations? We explore some of the reports findings, a…
 
Released 7 July 2021.Growing Sino-Russian coordination necessitates greater security cooperation between US Allies in Europe and East Asia. US Allies in both regions face remarkably similar threats requiring similar operational concepts, capabilities, and technologies. Further, these Allies must hedge against the specter of US abandonment. An explo…
 
What is the EU? For many it can be an economic bloc, a continental forum, or something more. For some more adventurous, it has become a global actor, with the ability to shape global affairs as well as think globally in all its efforts. Today we talk with Federica Mogherini, former High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the Union ab…
 
Released 28 June 2021.Counterinsurgency does not increase the legitimacy of, or support for, central governments engaged in internal conflicts. Recent research shows quantifiable degrees of government legitimacy, national identity, and population security are necessary precursors and accurate predictors of a government’s ability to outlast a civil …
 
Released 28 June 2021.The rapid decline of the Peruvian left-wing insurgent organization Sendero Luminoso was not only the result of the arrest of its leader. An analysis of the precipitous weakening of the organization using two social movement theories finds other factors were involved in the demise of the organization as well. These factors—part…
 
Released 22 June 2021.Army General Matthew Ridgway’s actions throughout his career provide a valuable example of the appropriate time and place for serious dissent by military leaders. Ridgway demonstrated the importance of selectively and pragmatically expressing open disagreement in response to operational decisions a military leader deems unnece…
 
Released 22 June 2021.Predoctrinal deliberations about the employment of the US armed forces, captured in Joint Doctrine Notes, remain critically understudied. Using comparative text analysis, this article identifies changes in recent Joint Doctrine Note depictions of military strategy. These changes risk distorting the logic of military strategy, …
 
Only a week after the hijacking of a Ryanair flight to arrest a Belarusian Journalist, we discuss what the future holds for the Belarusian people, state, and dictator Lukashenko. Joining us in this discussion are two belarusian students, Katsiaryna Shafranovich and Maryia Ditchkowska, along with Institute writer Thomas Voets, and Philippe.…
 
Released 04 June 2021.As the European Union deals with yet another crisis— the COVID-19 pandemic—it must adopt a grand strategy based on unity, policy, and proportionality: cohesion over inaction, policy over process, and regional imperatives over global ambitions. An analysis of past strategy documents and a study of current international trends s…
 
Bodies Unbound is an important project run by April Yee, Lena Chen and Elise Hanrahan about reckoning with Europe’s long history of policing the bodies of women of colour. As part of the Europe Lab with the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, they are working to put together a performance documentary poetry that will bring to light European histories of…
 
Excitement is not usually a go to word when describing German politics, but this years federal elections elicit the usage of it. With Chancellor Angela Merkel standing down, there is a new change in german politics, whether people like it or not. Join us in todays episode where we discuss this change with Stephan Raab, based in Bavaria itself, and …
 
Released 20 April 2021.In an era of great power competition centered on warfighting domains other than land, the US Army faces difficult and likely painful choices. This reality, coupled with looming budget cuts, means the Army must reconsider its approach to capabilities and total force structure, its role in homeland security, and the relationshi…
 
In this episode we take a very niche look at a part of Europe's neighbourhood policy not often talked about, but very relevant, education. As many of us at the Institute are students ourselves, we take a look with Michela and Stephan into some of the organisations and policies that the EU uses in the region, why, and what do they do?…
 
Released 9 April 2021.In 1971 Dr. John R. Thomas documented the involvement of the Soviet Union in the Middle East from the start of the Cold War. Like its name and borders, the motivations for that country’s involvement in the region have changed. Russia today promulgates relationships with the governments of the Middle East in a nonideological, m…
 
Released 7 April 2021.In 1971 Colonel Duane H. Smith analyzed the unified command structure, examined an existing proposal for change, and suggested improvements. He illustrated how this structure must account for the challenges of the contemporary strategic environment and balance several tensions, such as effectiveness versus efficiency, flexibil…
 
What can we learn from the future for today? In this episode we are talking with Prof. Roberto Poli, who is a professor for Future Studies at the University of Trento, about his experience with researching the future. We are also joined by Isabella Mavellia and Marisa De Schepper from Greener EU (https://www.greenereu.com/), an initiative for susta…
 
Released 26 March 2021.A look back at F. Gunther Eyck’s assessment of reforms enacted under US Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson may reveal as much about the historiography of the early 1970s as it does about Stimson’s reform efforts themselves. Eyck’s 1971 evaluation, among the first in a decade of scholarship examining successes and failures of P…
 
Released 25 March 2021.Writing in 1971, economist Dr. John P. Hardt assessed the trajectory of the Soviet economy arguing the need for reform and evaluating the willingness of key actors in the Soviet bureaucracy to support such policies. Fifty years later, Hardt was remarkably prescient with regard to structural difficulties such reform posed and …
 
Released 23 March 2021.The dilemmas posed by coalition warfare were a subject of academic interest in the inaugural issue of Parameters in 1971. Lieutenant Colonel James B. Agnew examined the unified command model pursued by the Allies during the First World War. Agnew’s assessment of the challenges faced by French Marshal Ferdinand Foch speaks to …
 
Released 19 March 2021.Differences between the academic and military communities and the dysfunction that occurs when these communities comingle can have disastrous consequences for foreign policy. Donald Bletz, writing on the subject in 1971, details this dynamic as it related to the Vietnam War. His observations can be applied to wars since and s…
 
Released 19 March 2021.The failure of liberal internationalism in the post–Cold War period requires the United States to adopt a clear-eyed approach to competition that promotes regional balances of power, emphasizes reciprocity, and creates mission-driven coalitions. Click here to read the article.By US Army War College Press
 
Released 12 July 2021.Regaining the military advantage in the Indo-Pacificregion requires renewed thinking about the US military footprint there, particularly the role of the US Army. The Army’s deterrence and partnering capabilities will be best utilized by engaging its long-range and precision-strike capabilities in a regional “Ring of Fires” con…
 
What is Grand Strategy and how can we manage Great Power competition in the 21st Century? These are all questions that we engage with today with Professor Sven Biscop through his upcoming Book on Grand Strategy in 10 words, a guide to Great Power Politics. As director of "Europe in the world" at the Egmont Institute for Foreign Affairs in Brussels,…
 
Today we talk with our new Chair of EU Asia Pacific Studies about a critical geopolitical issue dominating South-east Asia. On the 1st of February, Burmese Generals took control of the levers of power in Myanmar, and putting under house arrest the former civilian leader. With the state of emergency proposed to last a year, but with echoes of past m…
 
Released 4 February 2021.Today, two-thirds of soldiers depart the US Army with a disability rating. Unfortunately, some soldiers are exploiting a generous disability system overextended beyond its original purposes and potentially damaging trust in the military, jeopardizing Army readiness, and encouraging a culture that erodes the Army’s notions o…
 
Released 3 February 2021.The novel coronavirus is only the latest in a series of global crises with implications for the regional order in the Middle East. These changes and the diverging interests of actors in the region have implications for US strategy and provide an opportunity to rethink key US relationships there. Click here for the article.…
 
Join Stephan and Philippe with our first interview on the podcast with Maha Aziz, Author of Future World Order, a bestselling book all about Global Risk analysis and what the future has in store for us. Also famous for her educational cartoons, we discuss her thoughts for the future, the themes she explored in our book, and more! Do read our book r…
 
Released 22 January 2021.The US military must prepare for the realities of densely populated areas as it plans and conducts campaigns. This planning must include considerations of soldiers’ health and wellbeing. An engaged analysis of urban battlespaces in the mid-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries highlights the need for essential updates …
 
Today we talk with young leader Luca Arfini about one of his exciting new projects the Young Leader Voices. As a series of talks with young leaders across Europ, we share the desire to promote youth initiatives and ideas across the continent. Check out Luca's projects at https://www.young-leaders-voices.com/ and listen in for a preview of the proje…
 
Released 4 January 2021.The stability achieved by the US military in the European Theater of Operations after D-Day was the direct result of good military governance concurrently deployed with combat operations. The role of civil affairs in securing this stability has been under-emphasized in analyses of these operations. But an examination of the …
 
Released 15 December 2020.US military Joint and Army civil affairs doctrine have failed to consider the operational relevance of gender, posing a risk to mission accomplishment and force protection. A comparison of NATO and Australian Defence Force doctrine reveals gender considerations have been included in Allied doctrine in recent years. US land…
 
Released 11 December 2020.Statistics behind reported suicide rates in the military are often insufficiently analyzed and portray a distorted picture of reality. Several models for identifying individuals at risk for suicide have been proposed but few show adequate predictive power to be actionable. Instead, a collaborative and consistent effort to …
 
The US elections are a pivotal election not just for Americans but for all of Greater Europe. Join us as we discuss what the election meant for Americans, for Europe, and for the wider international system upon Joe Biden's acension to the presidency. Join the Institute's Philippe and Jack, alongside speakers Maegan Cross and Anna-Liisa Merilinde fr…
 
Released 25 September 2020.US security force assistance missions to Arab partner states have had limited success, due in part to a tendency to impose American doctrine, which embodies American cultural values and norms, on Arab armed forces. Accordingly, US security force assistance missions should train Arab partners to fight in a manner better su…
 
Released 23 September 2020.The theory of social stigma provides a context for the subjective experience of African American servicemembers in World War II. Those experiences reveal the paradox the military faces when addressing racial discrimination. An examination of these experiences suggests only a collective response by African American service…
 
Released 21 September 2020.Technological revolutions affecting state power are either open or closed. The precursor to the digital age is not the twentieth century, with state-controlled programs yielding nuclear weapons, but the late nineteenth century, when tinkerers invented the radio, airplane, and high explosives—all crucial to subsequent wars…
 
Released 14 September 2020.The framework of Enduring Information Vigilance will help ally and partner governments deny advantages adversaries gain through their use of information operations in our new global perpetual information environment. This approach recognizes the persistent threat, unifies responses within and between governments, and reso…
 
Released 08 September 2020.The DoD can exploit weaknesses in Chinese military attempts at political warfare, or “enemy disintegration,” most recently observed in PLA media on the subject of the pandemic. Targeted information efforts will signal the United States’ refusal to be intimidated, expose untruths in Chinese government messaging to its citi…
 
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