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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. Are Saudi Arabia and Iran at war in Yemen? 2. The autumn of Afghan discontent.

New UK Army Chief Faces Two Battles: Taliban and Resources - Alistair MacDonald, Wall Street Journal. When Gen. Sir David Richards takes over as head of the British army on Friday he inherits two...

Afghan Civilian Deaths Decline Under New US Tactics - Laura King, Los Angeles Times. Western troops have killed far fewer Afghan civilians since the top US general imposed strict new rules of...

Military Prepares Profiles on Reporters Visiting War Zones - Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post. The US military in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere regularly assesses the content and tone of the work...

Message to Muslim World Gets a Critique - Thom Shanker, New York Times. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written a searing critique of government efforts at "strategic communication"...

Seven Observations on the Potential Strategic Implications of Population-Centric Counter-Insurgency Doctrine By Bernard Finel Dr. Bernard I. Finel is a Senior Fellow at the American Security Project...

At last week's TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference, I heard BG H.R. McMaster deliver a presentation on the U.S. Army's forthcoming Capstone Concept. Here is a news article from TRADOC and the U.S. Army...

In the comments section of this SWJ post, Phil Rittendorf highlights a very interesting and disconcerting article in the Indian Defence Review containing lessons learned from Sri Lanka's defeat of...

For Intelligence Officers, A Wiki Way to Connect Dots - Steve Vogel, Washington Post. Intellipedia, the intelligence community's version of Wikipedia, hummed in the aftermath of the Iranian...

West Point's Combating Terrorism Center has released the August 2009 issue of the CTC Sentinel. August's issue is available here. This month's issue contains the following articles: - "The...

An article in this morning's New York Times discussed what is shaping up to be a strange ending to Mohamed ElBaradei's career as director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. According...

Diggers Assassinate Taliban Leader Mullah Karim - Mark Dodd, The Australian. Australian special forces have killed a senior Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Karim, an officially sanctioned...

H/T Ex at Abu Muqawama. The counterinsurgency guidance issued by Gen. Stan McChrystal to his units in the field has been finalized and released -- and it's very good. I would say it incorporates...

The Combat Studies Institute is holding its annual symposium - Tuesday, 25 August through Thursday, 27 August. This year the subject is The U.S. Army and the Media in Wartime: Historical Perspectives...

See Cartoons by Cartoon by Nate Beeler - Courtesy of Politicalcartoons.com - Email this Cartoon Three months or eight, it does not matter Megrahi, meet your new "cell-mates" in hell. No need to save...

On Sunday, the Washington Post published a dispatch from Sarajevo that described Bosnia's simmering discontent and unfinished business. Thankfully, Bosnia has not returned to ethnic violence. But...

Petraeus to Open Intel Training Center - Eli Lake, Washington Times. Gen. David H. Petraeus plans to open an in-house intelligence organization at US Central Command this week that will train...

A short time ago, I received an e-mail from a female captain currently stationed at a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq. She writes: Hello from Iraq! As some of you may know, I run in the 'Race...

US Military Chief: Afghanistan Situation is 'Serious and Deteriorating' - Voice of America. The US military's top officer says he believes the situation in Afghanistan is "serious and deteriorating...

USAID Challenges Reflect Greater Problems at the State Department By Matt Armstrong Cross-posted at MountainRunner A primary pillar of US engagement with the world in the modern era is foreign...

Via Mark Safranski at Zenpundit - Disputing Global Dystopia: Phillips on "Our Dark Age Future". ... I am sympathetic to Col. Phillips' criticisms of the overly abstract and detached nature of IR in...

To my friends in Scotland; the Scottish National Party, and Scottish Prime Minister, and the Foreign Secretary, I praise their courage for having proved their independence in decision making, despite...

Just a quick note that we will be continuing the dialogue on the Small Wars Council's TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference forum. The next SLC is just 6 months away and we encourage Council members and...

We're Not the Soviets in Afghanistan - Frederick W. Kagan, Weekly Standard opinion. Comparisons between our current efforts in Afghanistan and the Soviet intervention that led to the collapse of the...

Gen. McChrystal Assessing Afghan Forces - Jessica Weinstein, Washington Times. As Afghan officials counted ballots from Thursday's key election, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan was...

GEN Dempsey, Both the subject of your post, and that you posted it here, demonstrate the Army's commitment to the importance of leveraging collaboration, social media and Web 2.0 technologies. A...

Joshua Foust of Registan.net and Michael Cohen of The New America Foundation debate and discuss Afghanistan to include optimism vs. pessimism on Afghanistan, vague goals, uncertain metrics, failing...

The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host SGM Robert Haemmerle at the COIN Center Virtual-Brownbag from 1000 to 1100 CST (1100 - 1200 EST) on Wednesday, 26 August 2009. SGM...

The Incoherence of COIN Advocates: Stephen Biddle Edition - Bernard Finel, ASP Flashpoint. Stephen Biddle is the single best defense analyst working today. His arguments are usually carefully...