Welcome to the Spring 2016 Edition
Welcome to this Spring issue of the Journal of Culture, Language, and International Security (JCLIS)! This issue continues one of the core missions of the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language in emphasizing the relevance of culture as woven into language and security educational programs and training. As our nation moves beyond the wars of the last decade – namely those in Iraq and Afghanistan – and embraces the new status quo of air power, narrow and focused strikes, coalition force reliance and alternative methods of enforcement and engagement, the need for and relevance of cultural knowledge and application of cross-cultural skills for best operational execution has never been greater.
Spring 2016 JCLIS takes a step back from the academic focus of studying culture and language from its various disciplines and looks instead at the extraction of life lessons taught from foreign encounters. Articles featured in this edition annotate multiple personal experiences in adjusting and applying cultural attributes to better completion of their missions.
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