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"No Worse Enemy: The Inside Story of the Chaotic Struggle for Afghanistan" - Book review by Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Michigan War Studies Review

“If our mission is to set the stage for Afghanistan’s success… it would be a mistake to help deprive Afghanistan of its most important resource: human capital.”

Mexico Is Not Colombia: Alternative Historical Analogies for Responding to the Challenge of Violent Drug-Trafficking Organizations - RAND Corporation

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2014 Salute to Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans - Video of Speech by General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.)

Explaining Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency - New York Times

Paging Dr. Abrams: Why This Soldier Thinks We Need a Commission on the Structure of the Army by Adam Maisel, Defense in Depth

"The Joint Pub doubles down on the proposition that war is an exercise in civics rather than in destruction."

U.S. Military Learns COIN Lessons, but They Might Not Be Enough by Steven Metz, World Politics Review

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"Three enforcers hired by Mexico’s biggest drug cartel flew from Los Angeles to Minnesota last month, kidnapped two local teenagers, and then tortured them for hours."

"Companies such as IRD were left to manage hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of taxpayer-funded programs with little meaningful oversight from USAID."

Continue on for the latest Landpower update.

“American Landpower, facing a challenging era of defense austerity in the coming years, can play a supporting role in this regard.”

"The department’s objective was simple, even if its task was not."

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"The current debate about Ukraine is troubling for at least three reasons."

“The intelligence agency’s irregular forces have been key to the fight against the Taliban since 2001. Now they’re being withdrawn.”

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment spent 12 days in Mexico, and confirms that almost “every Mexican police force” abuses detainees.

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Beyond Cocaine Cowboys: Looking at Security in Latin America from a Different Perspective

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Continue on for a link to Rep. Duncan Hunter's letter concerning a possible DIA Director nomination.

"On his 100th birthday his family served 3 cakes. One bore the FBI seal, another the five rings of the Olympic Games, and the third the seal of the United States Marine Corps."

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“The problem is that today’s ‘bad guys’ have learned to operate in this gap between cops and soldiers.”

“The United States is now reaping by the bushel what it painfully sowed in Iraq.”

Is it possible private military corporations could create a world superpower?

"It's vitally important to keep a substantial commitment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan after this year."

“As someone who used to have a front-row seat in the development policy arena, I would make three broad points in defense of USAID.”