Cross Regional

Following are all current, recent, and past IFPA projects, publications, conferences, workshops, articles, and presentations about issues that concern multiple regions.

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  • Research

    Managing the Global Impact of America’s Rebalance to Asia

    The principal drivers behind America's rebalance toward Asia are Asia's growing economic and strategic importance, as well as increased military spending in the region led by China and Russia, trends that are likely to continue in the foreseeable future. The challenge for U.S. policy makers is to minimize any extra-regional disruptions the rebalance may cause and to maximize its global benefits. This project is an integrated, cross-regional study of the rebalance and its global impact.

     
    New Strategic Dynamics in the Arctic Region: Implications for National Security and International Collaboration

    This project explores and assesses trends that together could transform the Arctic from a relative strategic backwater to a strategic crossroads of global importance.

     
    Space and U.S. Security: A Net Assessment

    Although the United States is the dominant player in space, a growing number of countries are accessing space for both military and commercial purposes, challenging U.S. preeminence.

     
    Environmental Studies

    IFPA conducted two projects that examined ways for communities threatened by environmental degradation or disaster to deal with these challenges: a November 2000 U.S.-GCC environmental conference and a multi-year study of the complex and diverse relationships between environmental threats and issues of ethnicity, ethnic tension, and potential ethnic conflict.

    Missile Defense and Counterproliferation Studies

    Recognizing that over the first decade of the twenty-first century the United States and its allies will face a proliferation of precision weapons and missiles in the hands of adversaries, IFPA undertook several projects between 1997 and 2002 to assess U.S. and Allied missile defense and counterproliferation policy and technology.

    Defense Trends and Security Planning Perspectives in Key Regional Theaters

    This in-depth study of U.S., Allied, and coalition-partner security perspectives and policies focused on defense and security trends in South Asia, Europe, the Persian Gulf, and the Asia-Pacific region.

    Overseas Presence and Power Projection

    This study assessed the post-Cold War security environment and the contribution of American military posture to global security. Two monographs were produced: Airpower Synergies in the New Strategic Era and CVX: A Smart Carrier for a New Era.

     
  • Publications

    Managing the Global Impact of America's Rebalance to Asia
    Charles M. Perry and Bobby Andersen
    November 2014, 218 pp

    Some three years after President Obama announced in a November 2011 speech to the Australian parliament that he had made a “deliberate and strategic decision” for the United States to “play a larger and long-term role in shaping [the Asia-Pacific] region” and to make the U.S. “presence and mission in the Asia-Pacific a top priority,” the Pacific “pivot,” as it was initially called, remains very much a work in progress. This monograph reviews the rationale for the pivot; provides an update on its progress; assesses European views on the pivot and Asian security; explores security trends in other regions and their implications for the pivot; and offers recommendations for implementing the rebalance in ways that do not shortchange security in other important areas of the globe, and that might even draw on contributions from them.

     
    New Strategic Dynamics in the Arctic Region: Implications for National Security and International Collaboration
    Charles M. Perry and Bobby Andersen
    February 2012, 190 pp

    A comprehensive examination of the new strategic map now emerging in the Arctic as the polar ice cap continues to melt, opening a new ocean and giving way to new and ever larger waterways in the High North. This monograph is available as a free PDF download or as a bound copy for $24.99.

     
    Air, Space, and Cyberspace Power in the 21st-Century
    38th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy
    Conference report
    September 2010

    The conference report from the 38th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy, "Air, Space, and Cyberspace Power in the 21st-Century," addresses the defining issues for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in the twenty-first-century security environment as well as the planning, operational, and investment challenges facing the USAF in the years ahead. These include balancing legacy missions with irregular warfare demands; determining where the USAF can take risks in platform modernization and how best to assign acquisition priorities in a constrained budget environment; identifying and promoting new mission areas and service competencies; and articulating an up-to-date strategy for enabling and supporting twenty-first-century security planning that facilitates combatant-commander security cooperation and joint and Allied/coalition operations, and contributing as well to broader interagency requirements.
    The conference was held on January 20–21, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Building on previous conferences in this series, the 38th IFPA-Fletcher National Security Conference brought together a unique mix of expertise from government and the private sector; from the civilian and military communities; from think tanks, industry, and academia; and from the United States and abroad.

     
    Countering the EMP Threat: The Role of Missile Defense
    White paper by Henry Cooper and Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.
    July 2010, 12 pp

    Among the threats facing the United States are short-range ballistic missiles launched from vessels such as freighters, tankers, or container ships off our shores to detonate a warhead that could have catastrophic Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) consequences for the United States. After discussing the potential for a successful EMP attack, this report suggests what can (and should) be done to counter such an attack by using existing and near-term missile defense capabilities, beginning immediately.

     
    A Comprehensive Approach to Combating Illicit Trafficking
    A joint report by IFPA and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
    June 2010, 176 pp

    This report is based on extensive independent research conducted by IFPA on the multifaceted challenges posed by illicit trafficking and efforts to combat it; the report also incorporates discussions held at a high-level international workshop on the topic organized by IFPA and GCSP in Geneva, Switzerland, in September 2009.

     
    Frequently Asked Questions about Ballistic Missile Defense: A Guide
    The Independent Working Group
    May 2010, 23 pp

    This guide is based on information contained in the 2009 Independent Working Group Report entitled Missile Defense, the Space Relationship, and the Twenty-First Century. The purpose of the guide is to address the most often asked questions and to provide information about missile defense.

     
    The Space and U.S. Security Net Assessment
    Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.
    January 2009, 83 pp

    This report, the product of a year-long study effort, has been prepared as a contribution to the discussion about the future role of the United States in space. It surveys the current status of U.S. space activities and draws comparisons with other countries that have developed space programs in recent decades. It projects major trends into a ten- to twenty-year timeframe to identify factors that may have important positive or negative implications for the position of the United States relative to other nations in the next decade. Because of the inherently dual-use nature of space technology and the growing role of the commercial sector, this net assessment takes a broad view of space, encompassing space technologies for military uses and for commercial purposes. It underscores the mutually important role of space in U.S. national security and in the U.S. economy.

     
    Missile Defense, the Space Relationship, and the Twenty-first Century
    The Independent Working Group
    January 2009

    This report provides an assessment of missile defense requirements beyond the limited ground-based system currently being deployed, together with opportunities to benefit from existing and new technologies. It presents proven technology options that should form the basis for deployment of an innovative missile defense that draws upon the legacy of technologies developed during the Strategic Defense Initiative program of the Reagan administration and the first Bush administration. The report lays out the necessary vision to exploit existing and future technologies, with space as an indispensable part of missile defense.

     
    Re-Calibrating Security Force Assistance (SFA) as a Critical Component of Waging Irregular Warfare (IW) within the Context of the Global War on Terror (GWOT)
    Jacquelyn K. Davis and Charles M. Perry
    December 2008
    A New Maritime Strategy for 21st-Century National Security
    37th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy
    February 2007

     
    The Pandemic Influenza Challenge: Multilateral Perspectives on Preparedness, Response Planning, and Areas for Cooperation
    January 2007, 64 pp

    This 2007 report, based in part on the results of a 2006 IFPA-led multilateral workshop held in Tokyo, Japan, reviews current international efforts to mitigate the potentially devastating effect of a pandemic influenza, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. It also examines the national and military planning efforts of the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea in addressing this emerging crisis, and it explores options for improved multilateral cooperation in disaster response planning.

     
    Nuclear Energy and Science for the 21st Century: Atoms for Peace Plus 50
    January 2004, 74 pp

     
    The Role of Naval Forces in 21st-Century Operations
    Edited by Richard H. Schultz and Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.
    January 2000, 284 pp

     
    Air/Missile Defense, Counterproliferation and Security Policy Planning
    Edited by Jacquelyn K. Davis, Charles M. Perry, and Jamal S. Al-Suwaidi
    July 1999, 144 pp

     
    Strategic Paradigms 2025
    Jacquelyn K. Davis and Michael J. Sweeney
    June 1999, 353 pp

     
    War in the Information Age
    Co-edited by Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.
    January 1997
  • Events

    40th IFPA-Fletcher Conference: Positioning Special Operations Forces for Global Challenges
    June 5 – June 6, 2013, Washington, D.C.

    On June 5-6, 2013, the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) and the International Security Studies Program of The Fletcher School of Tufts University will convene a high-level conference in Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). “Positioning Special Operations Forces for Global Challenges” will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown Washington, D.C. (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). This will be the fortieth IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy, in a series widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier strategic dialogues.

     
    Responding to a Nuclear Event Outside the United States: Synchronizing Department of Defense, Combatant Command, and Interagency Roles, Missions, and Capabilities
    September 29, 2010, Washington, D.C., in support of the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    A Comprehensive Approach to Combating Illicit Trafficking
    September 28 – September 29, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

    Organized by IFPA and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

     
    Emerging Threats and Homeland/National Security: The Role of Missile Defense
    September 22 – June 23, 2009, Washington, D.C., Independent Working Group roundtable

     
    37th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy: A New Maritime Strategy for 21st-Century National Security
    September 26 – September 27, 2007, Washington, D.C.

    The 37th IFPA-Fletcher conference on national security strategy and policy. Building on previous conferences in this series, the 37th IFPA-Fletcher National Security Conference provided a timely, high-level forum for presentation and analysis of the U.S. Navy’s New Maritime Strategy. It brought together a unique mix of expertise from government and the private sector; from the civilian and military communities; from think tanks, industry, and academia; and from the United States and abroad.

     
    The 34th Annual IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security and Policy: Security Planning and Military Transformation after Iraqi Freedom
    December 2 – December 3, 2003, Washington D.C.

     
    Nuclear Energy and Science for the 21st Century: Atoms for Peace Plus 50
    October 22, 2003, Washington D.C.

     
    The 33rd IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy
    October 16 – October 17, 2002, Washington, D.C.