Taken from the forward by Douglas C. Lovlace, Director of the Strategic Studies Institute. "In today's dynamic strategic environment, political changes can become challenges very quickly. Yet, the gravity of major undertakings such as Operation IRAQI FREEDOM can cause us to overlook other significant events or developments. Any list of key strategic issues must, therefore, include the broadest array of regional and functional concerns. The Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL), published annually by the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) at the U.S. Army War College, is just such a list; it is a catalogue of significant issues, arranged as potential research topics, of concern to U.S. policymakers. As such, the KSIL is a ready source of topics that members of the defense community and academia can use to focus their research efforts."
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