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“The Gray Zone is intense political, economic, informational, and military competition more fervent than normal steady-state diplomacy, yet short of conventional war. It is hardly new.”

“It would go down as the largest battle of Operation Desert Storm, yet it wasn't much of a fight.”

“Six weeks of relentless bombing. A ground war lasting all of 100 hours. Victory declared.”

“There was something almost biblical that transcended the spectacle of prime-time pyrotechnics and space-age war machines.”

"On 17 January 1991, exactly 25 years ago, Kuwaitis woke up to the news that the war to liberate their country, after five months of Iraqi occupation, had begun."

Continue on for a link to the latest Georgetown Security Studies Review and the table of contents.

“The United Nations' nuclear watchdog on Saturday confirmed that Iran has curtailed its nuclear program as agreed with world powers.”

New York Times twofer: The manhunt for El Chapo and why Mexico's mayors are cartel targets.

"Lasting defeat" has become a mantra for top U.S. officials when talking about the strategy to defeat Islamic State terrorists.

A refueling rendezvous that went astray and an engine issue are pieces of the puzzle behind the incident involving the 10 U.S. Navy sailors who were held earlier this week by Iran.

"The modest number of U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan operate with one hand tied behind their backs — at a time when Afghan forces are struggling."

Indonesian officials estimate there are between 200 and 300 IS sympathizers in country.

Secretary of State John Kerry at approximately 1100 this morning (from prepared remarks).

“Does the future find need for fewer troops, on more ships, in more units, and more focused on small wars?”

The United States confirmed that Iran released 10 U.S. Navy sailors Wednesday, a day after they were detained when they drifted into Iranian territorial waters.

"He gave only glancing mention to America’s longest war, one whose conclusion Obama once touted among his chief foreign policy accomplishments."

"Islamic State extremists are advising their supporters and recruits in the West to shave their beards and pretend to be Christians."

“These are some of Islamic State’s tips to help jihadists blend in as they plan attacks in western countries.”

"The crew of two small U.S. Navy vessels are being held by Iran."

“Africa is likely to become one of the biggest stories of 2016, and not because of some horrific new disease or harrowing new war.”

“Having become president by strongly opposing the Iraq war, Obama is loath to commit ground forces to combat.”

The Philippine Supreme Court has upheld a defense pact with the United States.

“The secretive history of U.S. manhunts in Latin America.”

Continue on for a link to the Infinity Journal Special Edition - International Relations in Professional Military Education.

“The Obama administration strongly denies that it has now resigned itself to merely containing the seemingly intractable conflicts.”

A South Korean official said Monday Seoul and the United States are discussing other U.S. "strategic assets" that can be deployed on the Korean peninsula.

“If Russia’s military adventure unravels, what happens next?”

The era called “modern” inexorably began to come to its end when a concatenation of foretold events unraveled the so-called modern world order.

“In some instances it is either implied or inferred that containing ISIS means something qualitatively different than defeating ISIS (whatever that itself means).”

“Members of an elite unit led the way in retaking the Iraqi provincial capital.”