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“Most modern wars have become irregular or asymmetric conflicts between states and nonstate actors.”

The "black market" accounts for a quarter of Mexico's GDP and employs more than half its workforce. The numbers illustrate a failure of public policy and raise a red flag for the...

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Vulnerability Assessment Method Pocket Guide: A Tool for Center of Gravity Analysis by Christopher M. Schnaubelt, Eric B. Larson, and Matthew E. Boyer, RAND Arroyo Center

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Bing West on how to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Amid new intelligence about its growing strength, a consensus is forming that the group presents an unacceptable terrorism risk to the United States and its allies.

“It is… both misleading and misguided to tout the successes of the Colombian case while glossing over the human suffering occasioned by Uribe-era strategies.”

Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview (video and transcript) with Dr. David Kilcullen.

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An influx of fighters with links to the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) played a major role in driving the Islamic State from key areas.

Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that sending National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border will defend not just his home state but the entire nation.

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"As is all too common in today’s Middle East... the best option is ultimately the least bad option and filled with risk."

Iraq: What is Happening?: Live New America Foundation webcast on Thursday August 14, 2014, 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

This post is part of a series of weekly professional discussions that occur on Twitter among military leaders in the United States and students and professors at Kings College in London.

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An Afghan soldier killed a United States Army major general and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members.

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ISIS’s intention was in their name, but we missed it.

The lessons of counterinsurgency and nation-building in Colombia can also apply to the Arab world.

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We need better strategies for dealing with Gaza and other black holes in the international security system.

When terrorists were stupid enough to come out of the shadows, they fought as a mob of individuals...  Today, it’s different…

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All Elements of National Power: Moving Toward a New Interagency Balance for US Global Engagement, a new report by the Atlantic Council’s Combatant Command Task Force.

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