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This year, the International Center at the University of Georgia Chapter of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network will be analyzing foreign policy in three primary areas of interest. Those areas are:
Foreign Internal Defense and Military Effectiveness
During the Cold War, the United States provided military training assistance (foreign internal defense, or F.I.D.) to countries in every part of the world in an effort to combat the spread of communism. After the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States continued to assist in the training of foreign militaries to achieve various foreign policy goals. This type of training has been central to American military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq as well. Does this sort of assistance work? Does it help stem the rise of insurgencies and “failed states” or does it simply fuel military adventurism and conflict in the countries where the U.S. has provided assistance?  
Cyber-Warfare and United States National Security:
In May 2010, President Barack Obama ordered the creation of Cyber Command, a sub-unified command in the Department of Defense, to combat threats to America’s digital infrastructure and possibly carry out offensive cyber-warfare. Our research will examine what actions the new Cyber Command can undertake to enhance the security of the substantial digital assets of the United States. We will also examine the ability of countries such as China and Russia to undermine the cyber security of the United States.
Reforming Private Military Contractors
Though the United States has removed all combat troops from Iraq, thousands of private milit
ary contractors remain in the country in the employ of private companies and individuals and the Iraqi and American government. Contractors also play a crucial role in the war efforts of the United States in Afghanistan. These groups of heavily armed contractors operate under different rules of engagement from regular military forces and have been the subject of criticism from those who feel the American military has become too reliant on their services. We will examine the ways in which military contractors are used both in combat zones and during peacetime, and will offer policy recommendations to ensure that contractors are used in a fashion that maximizes the assistance they can provide to regular forces.


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