Strategic Forum

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Articles from No. 118-125, July

Iran: Torn by Domestic Disputes: Persian Gulf Futures II
Conclusions * The Islamic Republic in Iran no longer has the broad popular support it commanded in the 1980s. The middle aged (especially veterans of the Iraq war) and the young are alienated from at least some aspects of the system. * Iranian...
Iraq: Troubles and Tension: Persian Gulf Futures I
Conclusions * Iraq's future is difficult to predict, but under any scenario, it is likely to be a source of regional tension and instability. If Saddam Hussein remains in power, as appears likely, he will continue to challenge the United States...
Saudi Arabia: Uncertain Stability: Persian Gulf Futures III
Conclusions * Saudi Arabia has been one of the most stable of the U.S. allies in the Arab Middle East and a long-time collaborator in assuring oil production at reasonable prices. * Saudi Arabia is also a state in transition, presided over by...
Task Force XXI: The Army's Digital Experiment
The First Digitized Ground Force A large step toward Information Age war-fighting was completed in March at the Army's National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, Calif. The Army's Experimental Force (EXFOR)--the world's first digitized ground force,...
The IFOR/SFOR Experience: Lessons Learned by PFP Partners
Conclusions Among the Partnership for Peace states that participated in the Implementation and Stabilization Forces in the Balkins, the experiences of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Romania provide a rich summary of the collective lessons...
The Strategic Environment of 2010
Background The strategic environment that will exist in the year 2010 will have relevance to the environmental, economic, and security interests of the United States. Identifying the most likely drivers and scenarios that will shape that strategic...
Turkey's Domestic Affairs: Shaping the U.S.-Turkey Strategic Partnership
Conclusions * The resignation in June of Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, leader of the Islamist Refah Party--and the collapse of the government he headed with Deputy Prime Minister Tansu Ciller-ended, at least for the moment, the confrontation...
Turkey's International Affairs: Shaping the U.S.-Turkey Strategic Partnership
Conclusions * Turkey remains at a key geostrategic crossroads for U.S. security interests in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Yet, there is a perceived divergence of strategic interests between the United States and Turkey which was exacerbated...