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As American forces pulled out of Iraq, we asked Iraqis around the country three questions

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Infinity Journal has just launched Volume 2, Issue 1.  Follow this link to read the newest articles:

My Foreign Policy article argues that it is time to move past the colonial model of COIN and rise above a collection of disjointed tactics that have no proven cumulative effect.  

Some Hasty, Initial Thoughts

Kim Jong-Il's death comes at a particularly bad moment for the political leadership in Beijing.

Excellence in covert action on all levels of engagement should not be neglected in any discussion of American security and strategy

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Kim Jong Il dead at age 69, continue on for initial news links.

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As The Iraq War Ends, Reassessing The U.S. Surge by Tom Bowman, NPR.

Republicans Propose Bill to Treat Mexican Drug Cartels as 'Terrorist Insurgency' by Elizabeth Harrington, CNS News.

Mexican Cartel Operational Note No. 1: Mexican Military Operations Against Los Zetas Communications Networks.

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In my Foreign Policy column, I discuss whose nuclear weapons will be required to deter Iran's. I also discuss how the transitions in Iraq and Afghanistan will shake up U.S. ground forces.

COIN is Dead, Long Live the COIN by Ryan Evans, Foreign Policy.

A decade’s worth of blunders and misrepresentations has exhausted the patience of the American people

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It is time for Afghan forces to fully take charge of their national security

US War in Iraq Declared Officially Over by Thom Shaker and Michael Schmidt, New York Times.

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Overwhelmingly the American people would say the war was a mistake, and undeniably the reason we went to war in the first place was invalid

Illegal political groups lacking resources, ability or will to employ violence historically employ lawfare and other methods of non-violence to force political change 

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Afghanistan Plan Would Reduce NATO Combat Role by Thom Shanker, New York Times.

This paper looks at an education program that can effectively isolate the Taliban from their bases of support

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 10: Fortified Town (Burgward) Strategy Implemented in Tamaulipas.

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Pentagon's First Female Policy Chief Quitting by Robert Burns, Associated Press.

General Ray Odierno's three 3-prong construct for the next Army mission