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International Support for State-building: Flawed Consensus by Stephen D. Krasner, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: Conventional wisdom holds that the most important challenge for state development...

Law Enforcement Capacity-building in African Postconflict Communities by Bruce Baker, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: In the post conflict environment, disbanded armed groups and militias maintain...

Terrorist-Criminal Pipelines and Criminalized States: Emerging Alliances by Douglas Farah, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: Transnational criminal organizations, networks, and terrorist groups are...

Forging a Comprehensive Approach to Counterinsurgency Operations by Robert L. Caslen, Jr., and Bradley S. Loudon, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: The United States will face a myriad of new...

Criminal Insurgency in the Americas and Beyond by Colonel Bob Killebrew, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: Transnational crime and criminal networks have grown to such proportions that they have...

... please tell me this is an example of sensationalized reporting or the source is a bald-faced liar. If not, then let's stop debating whether we should call this an insurgency or not and...

The Trans-Border Institute has released the results of a new survey of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders in nine different Mexican states. The survey is part of a series of studies, titled...

Achieving Victory in Afghanistan Requires More Than Just "Afghan Good Enough" by Colin P. Clarke During my three months at ISAF headquarters, a commonly heard expression around the base was the term...

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As a retired Marine I never thought it my place to comment on the beret (I thought the patrol cap great and professional). That said, the issue is all but OBE - Army Nixes the Beret for ACUs, Offers...

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Lawmakers Push for New Afghan Strategy by Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. BLUF: "Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are applying fresh pressure on the Obama administration to draw...

As troop drawdown nears, is NATO surge working in Afghanistan? Christian Science Monitor special report by Anna Mulrine and Tom A. Peter. BLUF: "As Obama's promise of a troop drawdown nears, the US...

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The U.S. isn't militarizing intelligence, it's civilianizing the military. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Need to fight a war? Recruit a civilian, not a...

Power and Policy in Syria: The Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations, and Democracy in the Modern Middle East by Radwan Ziadeh. Published by I.B. Tauris, New York. 219 pages, 2011. Reviewed by...

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Obama Formally Nominates Allen for Afghanistan Post - American Forces Press Service. WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 -- President Barack Obama has formally nominated Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John R. Allen to...

Afghan Sitrep: A Grunt from the Front Sounds Off by Chuck Spinney of Time Magazine's Battleland Blog. BLUF: "Why doesn't anyone listen to the guys that know? Ivory-tower intellectuals in think tanks...

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The Constant Adversary by Robert Jordan Prescott at House of Marathon. BLUF: "President Obama has yet to deliver a dedicated address on defense matters; taming the Department of Defense bureaucracy...

Testing the Afghan Exit Ramps by David Ignatius, Washington Post. BLUF: "Inevitably, this debate is partly a numbers game: The rapid-withdrawal advocates want a timetable for removing all 30,000 of...

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Afghan Nation-building Programs Not Sustainable, Report Says by Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. BLUF: "The hugely expensive U.S. attempt at nation-building in Afghanistan has had only limited success...

RAND's Project Air Force division recently published a book-length analysis of Israel's 2006 campaign against Hezbollah. Benjamin Lambeth, author of Air Operations in Israel's War Against Hezbollah,...

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The Small Wars Foundation, and its online publication, Small Wars Journal, is pleased to continue its support of professional military education and information exchange amongst our community of...

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Steeper Pullout Is Raised as Option for Afghanistan by David E. Sanger, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, New York Times. BLUF: "President Obama's national security team is contemplating troop...

... and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is dead wrong on this one. Lance Bacon and Dan Lamothe of The Army Times report on another one of those unnecessary distractions from fighting and...