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Sunday, October 18, 2009

ISA Conference and Update

I have been unable to post lately due to a very busy schedule that included preparing a paper for a conference of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. The conference was on "Insecurity and Durable Disorder: Challenges to the State in an Era of Insecurity" and I presented a paper on the strategic implications of the relative decline in the power of leading nation-states and the implications of the impending crisis in the welfare state compact. The conference was a good opportunity to meet security studies specialists and discuss a range of topics. Plus, it gave me an opportunity to return to Monterey and enjoy the fall weather there.

In other news, the October edition of the California Bookwatch had the following to say about "Iraq in Transition":
IRAQ IN TRANSITION: THE LEGACY OF DICTATORSHIP AND THE PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRACY is a 'must' for any library strong in considering the social issues of the Middle East. It comes from an officer and Middle East specialist in the Marine Corps and traces the country's history, from its invasion and the collapse of its government, to modern political and social developments, and blends information from both English and Arabic sources to provide a more well-rounded consideration than most.