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In my Foreign Policy column, I discuss why U.S. policymakers and military commanders can't bridge the gap between policy and military strategy.

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CNN’s Adam Levine reports “al Qaeda's English-language outreach efforts have nearly disappeared”.

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SWJ El Centro Fellow John P. Sullivan's paper "From Drug Wars to Criminal Insurgency: Mexican Cartels, Criminal Enclaves and Criminal Insurgency in Mexico and Central America, and...

As a crisis with Iran draws ever closer the stakes involved demand that military force is not used too soon.

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Peter Munson argues that civilian policy advocates have a responsibility to proffer realistic courses of action with an honest counting of their potential cost.

Eduardo Guerrero, a consultant on security affairs at Lantia Consultores, addresses lessons in the war against organized crime in ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America.

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Tyler Hicks' poignant "Bearing Witness in Syria" has drawn attention for a single sentence.

Gian Gentile strikes again, warning of the realities of an intervention in Syria.

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To compel Iran to fold, President Obama may have to back Israel's play. Will Obama go all in or cash out? I also highlight a debate at El Centro, Small Wars Journal's new Latin American...

Nate Freier warns that the civil war in Syria could foreshadow the kinds of messy conflicts Washington policymakers would prefer to ignore but won't be able to.

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Details on a 7 March US Army Counterinsurgency Center webcast.

BBC reports on OAS warning: "Drug Cartels Threaten Latin American Democracy".

A new RAND occasional paper takes a look at Al Qaeda and what it means to different people.

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The Chairman of NATO's Military Committee foresees success -- after a struggle -- in Afghanistan. After that, NATO will adapt and will remain relevant.

SWJ-regular Gian Gentile reviews Lewis Sorley's Westmoreland at The National Interest.

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SWJ and Wings Over Iraq blogger Major Crispin Burke takes a look at “the state of Milblogging” at the New York Times’ At War blog.

CSIS's Anthony Cordesman announces the death of the strategy commenced upon under Gen McChrystal.

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At Slate, Fred Kaplan argues that the killing of 2 officers in Afghanistan is a classic insurgent tactic... and it's working.

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