Peter J. Munson

Peter J. Munson is a Marine officer, author, and Middle East specialist.  He is the author of War, Welfare, and Democracy: Rethinking America's Quest for the End of History (Potomac, 2013) and Iraq in Transition: The Legacy of Dictatorship and the Prospects for Democracy (Potomac, 2009) and .  A frequent contributor to multiple journals and blogs, including his own, he was also the Editor of the Small Wars Journal from January 2012 to June 2013.  You can follow his Twitter feed @peterjmunson and find his LinkedIn profile here.  He is leaving the Marine Corps in summer 2013.

ISAF pulls all NATO advisors from Afghan ministries in the wake of the killing of two U.S. officers on Saturday.

Anthony Shadid, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, dies at 43 in Syria, reportedly of an asthma attack.

Marine officer Aaron MacLean at WaPo bemoans the military's lack of talent management (via @Doctrine_Man).

Bob Tollast interviews Hayder al-Khoei on developments in Iraq and the Iraqi view of events in Syria.

Brett Friedman draws attention to the deeper malaise behind the recent string of black-eyes for the Marine Corps.

"Swift realization" that the build up may have been "ill-advised" represents a "remarkable pivot."