I’m going to be on the road for the next couple weeks, so “posting will be light.” Ha ha – like it has been heavy thus far! I always wanted to write that, though. I am now done with my first semester of graduate school, so I should have extra time to post things here – except that I will be conducting “TouristOps” for most of the semester break. (Classes resume after the Chinese New Year.)
Like some of the other bloggers I aim to emulate, I am going to leave some reading suggestions for you. Here’s what I am going to have on the plane to Tokyo with me:
- David Finkel’s book The Good Soldiers. It has been hailed in multiple places as one of the best on the Iraq War, so I am to see for myself. I’ve read other acclaimed accounts like Craig Mullaney’s The Unforgiving Minute and Dexter Filkins’s The Forever War (if you haven’t read these two, you should), and I want to see if Finkel’s book measures up.
- The report “Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network” from The Information Warfare Monitor and the U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission’s report on Chinese cyberwarfare. The recent big kerfluffle with China and Google is a neat window into the spooky world of computer network operations, and in fact is an area of research that I am very interested in. There’s a lot of breathless, overheated stuff in the day-to-day media about cyberwarfare, but reports like these (both published last year) are a lot more objective.
- Earlier this month, CSIS released a new report on Taiwan Strait security called “Building Trust Across the Taiwan Strait: A Role for Military Confidence-building Measures.” Taiwan Strait security is another one of my research interests, so this one ought to be good to. (If you missed CNAS’s China-Taiwan report last month, then you should go ahead and fix yourself right now and read it.)
- If that’s not enough, then I’ll finish myself off with the latest edition of the National Bureau of Asian Research’s Asian Policy. It’s got an interesting-looking “roundtable” piece devoted to training the next generation of Asia experts.
I can’t help but “pile on” here – if you are reading this and haven’t yet read CNAS’s other new report about fixing the intelligence effort in Afghanistan, just stop and go read it. Excellent stuff.