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Expanding Your Knowledge of Modern Arab Military Culture: Books on Arab Military Development and Experiences by CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN An understanding of the military roots of various...

Warning Against Wars Like Iraq and Afghanistan - Thom Shanker, New York Times. BLUF: "... it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the...

Libya's army has completely disintegrated in recent days. It was supposed to. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Qaddafi didn't need his army. He may not be...

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to cut nearly all funding to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). This is a crying shame. Don't know what USIP does? Go here and find out....

Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators says Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone. My first take on the article boils down to this - Hastings did not write this story, Lieutenant...

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Al-Anbar Awakening, Iraqi Perspectives: From Insurgency to Counterinsurgency in Iraq 2004-2009 Edited by Colonel Gary Montgomery and CWO-4 Timothy McWilliams, USMCR. Published by the Marine Corps...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Arab League: Violence Against Protesters Must Come to an End - VOA Libya's Gadhafi Vows He Will Not Leave - Voice of America Qaddafi's Grip on Capital Tightens as...

Frontline reports on the revolution in Cairo.

Bing West talks to Stephen Colbert about his new book, The Wrong War. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cBing Westwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor &...

Expiring Autocrats: The Final Decade of Khamenei, Mugabe, et al by Tristan Abbey Cross-Posted with permission from Bellum: a project of The Stanford Review. The collapse of the Tunisian and Egyptian...

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Top Stories / Items of Interest Warplanes and Troops Besiege Protesters in Libyan Capital - New York Times Libyan Regime Launches Brutal Crackdown - Washington Post Gadhafi Battles to Hang On - Wall...

UPDATE: 21 Feb 2011 According to a just-released article in the Washington Post, U.S. officials have confirmed that Raymond Davis is a contract employee of the CIA, responsible for security at a safe...

Wishful Thinking and Indecisive Wars by Ralph Peters, The Journal of International Security Affairs. BLUF: "Of all the enemies we face today and may face tomorrow, the most dangerous is our own...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Besieged Arab Leaders Struggle to Contain Masses - Washington Post Protests Spread in Arab Nations - Washington Times U.S. Urges Arab Governments to Heed Calls for...

The 'Long War' May Be Getting Shorter by Nathaniel Fick and John Nagl, New York Times opinion. BLUF: "It is hard to tell when momentum shifts in a counterinsurgency campaign, but there is increasing...

Egypt Trip Report (Part II) by Andrew Exum Andrew Exum is a contributor to Small Wars Journal and a fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His dispatches from Egypt will be cross-posted...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Mideast Leaders Look to Hold onto Power - Washington Post Libya and Yemen Meet Protests with Deadly Force - Los Angeles Times Libya, Yemen Crack Down; Bahrain Pulls...

Egypt Trip Report (Part I) by Andrew Exum Andrew Exum is a contributor to Small Wars Journal and a fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His dispatches from Egypt will be cross-posted...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Anti-Government Protests Spread Across Middle East, North Africa - VOA Battle Lines Harden Across the Mideast as Rulers Dig In - New York Times From Libya to Yemen,...

Here's the "advance praise" for Bing West's The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan: "Bing West is many things—a battle-wise veteran, a skeptical journalist, and above...

How should we classify Mexico's drug violence? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) What kind of problem does Mexico have? 2) Can the United States cope with...

Conflict resolution and peace negotiations will be highlighted over the coming months as the United States begins a shift in President Obama's comprehensive counterinsurgency plan towards transition...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Protests Grow Violent Across Middle East, N. Africa - Los Angeles Times Popular Rage Encounters State Violence in Mideast - New York Times Populist Empowerment Grips...

Sharp as a Modern Jomini? In response to an earlier post, Barry Zellen, former research assistant to Gene Sharp and current Editor of The Culture & Conflict Review, sent us this email, "I liked...

The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military by Rajeev Ramchand, Joie Acosta, Rachel M. Burns, Lisa H. Jaycox, Christopher G. Pernin BLUF. Since late 2001, U.S. military forces have been...