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The weekend's big news was the New York Times leak of some details from Defense Secretary Robert Gates's January memo to James Jones, expressing Gates's concern that the Obama administration didn't...

Social Scientists Do Counterinsurgency - Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker. ... But if "global war" isn't the right approach to terror what is? Experts on terrorism have produced shelves' worth of new...

Want to Read Arab News in English? Here's How. - Tom A. Peter, Christian Science Monitor. Despite a post-9/11 surge of Westerners learning Arabic, the world's fifth-most-spoken language, English and...

COIN and Hybrid War: The Demise of Armor? - Judah Grunstein, World Politics Review. ... two other items serve as anecdotal illustrations of what I've previously flagged as another consequence of...

Taliban Targets U.S. Contractors Working on Projects in Afghanistan - Joshua Partlow, Washington Post. The Taliban has begun regularly targeting U.S. government contractors in southern Afghanistan,...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Could a Chinese security guarantee end the standoff with Iran? 2) Hezbollah's Scuds provide a test case for Obama's...

The Tribal Engagement Workshop page has been updated with several new papers and non-SWJ blog posts written as post-event products. The final Considerations for Tribal Engagement: A Summary of the...

This morning, U.S. soldiers departed Afghanistan's Korengal Valley for the last time. This valley, located northeast of Jalalabad and just 20 miles or so from Pakistan, is perhaps the bitterest...

Tribal engagement is the most viable option we have for changing the tide of the war in Afghanistan. Tribes, though weakened by decades of war and social unrest, remain the defining local...

The Economic Imperative: Stabilizing Afghanistan through Economic Growth, by Center for a New American Security CEO Nathaniel Fick and Institute for State Effectiveness CEO Clare Lockhart, argues...

Here's a great resource from Harvard's Belfer Center providing the essential background -- a "list of key facts and figures about nuclear security and terrorists' attempts to acquire nuclear...

The True Fiasco Exposed by Wikileaks - Matt Armstrong, MountainRunner. You are probably already familiar with the Wikileaks-edited video released April 5 of the 2007 airstrike in which a number of...

"There are people alive today as a direct result of what Milbloggers do each and every day" --Gary Cagle of Team Rubicon. Military bloggers gathered in Arlington, VA this weekend for the 5th...

COIN/SO/SFA SITREP, March 2010 - US Army/US Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center Director's Comments: During the March 2010 Train the Trainer Course (T3C) at the COIN Training Center-Afghanistan (...

Our most sincere condolences to the people of Poland, a true and steady ally, on the untimely death of President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, other members of the Polish delegation to Katyn,...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Great news -- Karzai is acting crazy, 2) The yin and yang of the Nuclear Posture Review. Great news -- Karzai is acting...

Defending the All-volunteer Force: A Rejoinder to Lt. Col. Paul Yingling - Dr. Curtis Gilroy, Armed Forces Journal. In his article, "The Founders' Wisdom," in the January issue of Armed Forces...

Curing Afghanistan - Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV and Captain (USN) Mark R. Hagerott, Foreign Policy. The battle for Marja in southern Afghanistan and the coming campaign in Kandahar...

Why Hamid Karzai Makes a Bad Partner for the U.S. - Peter W. Galbraith, Washington Post opinion. President Obama will soon have 100,000 troops fighting a counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan....

The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Associate Professor Daryl Youngman, Kansas State University, for a COIN Center Webcast from 1000 CST, (1100 EST), (1500 ZULU) on Thursday...

The Central Intelligence Agency now has legal permission to kill Anwar al-Aulaqi, a United States citizen. An article from today's Washington Post explains: Because he is a U.S. citizen, adding...

How to Save Afghanistan From Karzai - Bing West, New York Times opinion. ... The coalition is pursuing a political-military strategy based on three tasks. First, "clear" the guerrillas from...

Video of Iraqi Journalists' Killings: Is WikiLeaks a Security Threat? - Peter Grier, Christian Science Monitor. A 2008 report by the U.S. Army suggests that WikiLeaks, which on Tuesday published a...

The Azimuth is the official training bulletin of the Army National Guard (ARNG). It is prepared and published by the Battle Command Training Center at Fort Leavenworth. April's edition is devoted to...

The Best Defense interview: Petraeus on not running for president, pirates, President Obama & 'The Blind Side'. ... Americans are, I think, up to speed on the situations in Afghanistan and Iraq...

Winning 'Hearts and Minds' in Afghanistan: Assessing the Effectiveness of Development Aid in COIN Operations Report on Wilton Park Conference 1022: Thursday 11 -- Sunday 14 March 2010 Organized in...

Innocents at Risk: Innocents at Risk is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded to fight child exploitation and human trafficking. Our mission is to educate citizens about the horrific global and local...

Via e-mail: Empowering Local Village Elders and Women in Afghanistan Please join us to hear a detailed presentation by Claire Russo, a former U.S. Marine officer, as she discusses her efforts in RC-...

The Kandahar Gambit - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times opinion. ... But the real source of tension was the battle that was about to begin. Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest city, has been...

David Petraeus for President: Run General, Run - Toby Harnden, Daily Telegraph. ... In this toxic climate, perhaps the only public institution that has increased in prestige in recent years is the...