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Policy Debate: Responsibility to Protect (R2P) versus Self-Containment.  Who has the responsibility to protect the people of this world?

Character as a Core National Security Interest

Iran’s growing state of desperation by Fareed Zakaria The Washington Post

There is no substitute for leadership by example and people skills. All soldiers are "boss watchers" who take their cues from the action or inaction of their leader

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Do we have any more coherent a policy today for dealing with anti-American violence than we did ten years ago?

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In the Post-Colonial, Post Cold War Age, does it make sense to talk in terms of conventional and unconventional war?

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note # 8: Teen Tortured, Dismembered, Beheaded by Trafficking Gang in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Iraqi civilian deaths climb in 2011- Reuters

Don't Listen to the Kagans by Carl Prine, Line of Departure

Media AWOL in exposing Iraq War’s years of ineptitude by Edward Wasserman The Miami Herald

3 Jan SWJ News Roundup

The prosecution of SSgt Wuterich proceeds despite the collapse of the associated courts martial and a dead congressman’s failed strategic legalism bid for prestige and power.

An Interview With Retired Colonel Ted Spain

The question was disturbing: Why do you live here?

Leading Sunni official in Iraq hit by roadside bomb by Dan Morse and Aziz Alwan The Washington Post A convoy carrying a leading...

Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) announces top five lessons learned from Iraq

The Counterinsurgency Training Center–Afghanistan (CTC-A) has established a COIN Training continuum for both the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP)

Changed by Iraq, Military Asks What Will Stick by Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal.

I’m suspending the daily SWJ News and Opinion Roundup for the time being. Moving 1k miles south this week to Tampa, Florida, and will have limited Internet access as well as time to provide...

Six dangers Iraq may face in 2012 and beyond

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Here's three for 2012: prioritize ground force missions, focus shipbuilding on three proven designs, and prepare for the cultural implications of long-range strike.

The book traces Petraeus' career from West Point cadet to his command of two wars deemed unwinnable: Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Iraq Surge’s Advocates Fear Gains Will Be Lost by Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times.

Release of Pakistan/Afghanistan Cross-Border Fire Investigation Repor.

Mexico’s Vietnam War? Soldier-to-Criminal Exchange Rates and Narco Battlefield Deaths in Context.