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Averting A Great Game in Central Asia

June 1, 2006

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's hasty July 2005 visit to Kyrgyzstan to ensure future U.S. access to Ganci Air Force Base highlighted the new security challenges Washington faces in Central Asia. The trip came shortly after the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit at which the heads of state of Russia, China, and most Central Asian countries called on the United States and its allies to set a timetable for their military withdrawal from the region. The summit declaration prompted General Richard Myers, then-chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, to accuse Moscow and Beijing of "trying to bully" their smaller neighbors. Although the United States eventually secured continued permission to use the military facilities and airspace of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan to support operations in Afghanistan, for many these events symbolized the resurgence of the traditional "great game" among the major external players in the region.

Terrorism in Eurasia: Enhancing the Multilateral Response

May 1, 2006

"Terrorism in Eurasia: Enhancing the Multilateral Response," The China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly 4: 2 (May 2006), pp. 11-18.

Civil Society and Philanthropy Under Putin

May 1, 2006

"Civil Society and Philanthropy Under Putin," The International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law 8: 3 (May 2006)

Federalism and Domestic Disasters: Promoting a Balanced Response

January 1, 2006

In response to the widespread devastation wrought by hurricane Katrina, many people have called for strengthening the federal government's involvement in responding to catastrophic emergencies. Although enhancements to federal capabilities in this area are necessary, such steps should not obscure the principle that any homeland security system must be national, not just federal. A truly robust U.S. response to domestic disasters will require a strong contribution by state and local governments, the private sector, voluntary associations, community-based groups, and individuals to prevent and manage terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The federal government can assist in many areas, but its programs should aim to supplement, not supplant, national homeland security efforts.

Revitalising US-Russian Security Cooperation: Practical Measures

October 1, 2005

Revitalising US-Russian Security Cooperation: Practical Measures, Adelphi Paper No. 377 (London: Routledge for The International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2005).

The Limits of U.S.-China Military Cooperation: Lessons from 1995-1999

October 1, 2005

"The Limits of U.S.-China Military Cooperation: Lessons from 1995-1999" (with Kurt Campbell) The Washington Quarterly 29: 1 (Winter 2005), pp. 169-186.

Storm Clouds over Central Asia: Revival of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)?

November 1, 2004

"Storm Clouds over Central Asia: Revival of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)?," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 27: 6 (November/December 2004), pp. 465-489.

Why Russia and China Have Not Formed an Anti-American Alliance

September 1, 2003

"Why Russia and China Have Not Formed an Anti-American Alliance," Naval War College Review, 56: 4 (Autumn 2003), pp. 39-61.