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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

NSA Dr. Naazneen Barma Spoke at CSIS Conference, “The Future of Force.”
Professor Naazneen Barma joined an impressive lineup of scholars and practitioners recently at a conference in Washington, DC to discuss the changing nature of warfare and possible new strategies for ... Read More

Two New Articles by NSA Professor Rachel Sigman
Recently, NSA Professor Rachel Sigman has had two new articles published. The Political Science Research and Methods has published “Democracy for All: Conceptualizing and Measuring Egalitarian Democra... Read More

NPS is #1 in Homeland Security Education
US News recently ranked the Naval Postgraduate School at number one in the area of homeland/national security and emergency management, even topping schools such as Harvard. This is because of the pro... Read More

Water Thieves or Political Catalysts? Joint Article by Former NSA Student and Professor Baylouny
NSA Professor Anne Marie Baylouny and former NSA student LT Steve Klingseis have written a joint article titled, “Water Thieves or Political Catalysts? Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon,” which ha... Read More

Professor Anne Clunan Has New Article on Russia and the Liberal World Order
The journal Ethics and International Affairs has just published a new article by NSA Professor Anne Clunan, titled “Russia and the Liberal World Order.” In the article, Professor Clunan discusses... Read More

“Archives and Inference:” NSA Professor Darnton’s Article Explores US Entry in WWII
The journal International Security has published a new article by NSA Professor Christopher Darnton, titled “Archives and Inference: Documentary Evidence in Case Study Research and the Debate over U.S... Read More

New Article on Afghanistan's Electoral Representative Democracy by NSA Professor Tom Johnson
The journal Small Wars & Insurgencies recently published an article by NSA Professor Tom Johnson titled “The illusion of Afghanistan's Electoral Representative Democracy: The Cases of Afghan Presi... Read More

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Latest Publications

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.

Fall of the Sultanate
Author: Ryan Gingeras
The Great War and the End of the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1922: A concise, comprehensive survey of the Ottoman Empire in the early twentieth century. Represents the most current research and interpretations from the field of Ottoman history. Offers a readable narrative comprising rich surveys of key individuals and events.

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