“This is a crucial time for our transatlantic alliance.  The challenges we face are the most complex and demanding in a generation.  Neither Europe nor North America can tackle them alone.  A strong NATO is good for Europe.  A strong NATO is good for North America.  And therefore, I welcome the U.S. commitment to the transatlantic bond.”

-- Jim Mattis

"Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation."

-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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There are some good reasons to increase the U.S. military force level in Syria; but if we do, it should be a short and decisive intervention with a clear goal.

Elevate the study of resistance movements from a scholarly field of interest to a science. Resistance science is a science for everyone, because it addresses issues that shape and define modern life.

Understanding and engaging in the human domain is essential if you are trying to change, inform or shape human behavior.

The dual crises for now are: learning how to handle crises as a greenhorn, while deciding whether to give up or retain America’s global primacy.

Why do durable primordial-like identities persist? 

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Continue on for the press release on this GSSR Special Issue and a link to download.

“President Trump's new adviser will need to avoid the Vietnam-era mistakes he studied.”

Continue on for information about and how to pre-order a Secretary of Defense “required” reading by Dr. Nadia Schadlow.

Continue on for an issue overview by Editor-in-Chief Paul Cruickshank and links to this month’s articles.

“In a White House laden with competing power centers, a trio of military men has emerged as a force to be reckoned with.”