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Iran Protesters Pour Onto Ahmadinejad's Home Turf - Borzou Daragahi, Ramin Mostaghim and Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times. The fourth day of demonstrations came as Iranians anticipated an address to the...

US Pursues a New Way To Rebuild in Afghanistan - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. .. Members of his (President Obama) national security team have concluded that the country requires not just...

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by Dr. David Kilcullen. I'd like to share with the Small Wars Journal community my review of Dr. David Kilcullen's The...

This compilation of articles; Professors in the Trenches: Deployed Soldiers and Social Science Academics, edited by Rob W. Kurz of the Foreign Military Studies Office; originally appeared as a five-...

David Kilcullen at the Pritzker Military Library - Video from Tuesday's presentation on his book The Accidental Guerilla and other issues concerning fighting small wars in the midst of a big one....

While I'm on the subject of the day job -- kudos to John Robb -- he presented a very informative and well delivered briefing (Global Guerrillas -- go figure) today at the conference I'm attending....

To what extent is Iran's current political upheaval catalyzed, or even instigated, by sharply deteriorating economic and financial conditions inside the country? I pose the question but have no way...

General McChrystal's New Way of War - Max Boot, Wall Street Journal opinion. Gen. Stanley McChrystal was appointed commander in Afghanistan to shake up a troubled war effort. But one of his first...

The Pentagon's public affairs office has a new monthly report: a tally of the Army's suicides. This new report, issued on June 11, listed Army suicides (confirmed and potential) by soldiers on...

The Anatomy of the Long War's Failings - Frank G. Hoffman, Foreign Policy Research Institute. What we now sometimes refer to as the Long War began much earlier than the 9/11 attacks on America. But...

From Wings Over Iraq - Starbuck finally gets his copy of Rolling Stone's 2009 Hot List...

Near the end of his presentation last Thursday at the annual CNAS conference, General David Petraeus contrasted the 2008 battle for Sadr City with the 2004 battles for Fallujah. General Petraeus...

Small Wars Journal is very happy and proud to welcome aboard Robert Haddick. Robert joins SWJ as a regular blogger -- he already has 20 Small Wars Journal This Week at War posts at Foreign Policy...

AFRICOM Building Research Center - John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes. A social science research center is under development at US Africa Command headquarters, where researchers from the academic...

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cObama Orders Stephen's Haircut - Ray Odiernowww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorStephen Colbert in Iraq Under direct orders...

'Mindless' Basic Training Gets Some Smarts - David Wood, Politics Daily. When seasoned combat soldiers began returning from the war to help train new recruits here, the first thing they did was to...

Iran Declares Ahmadinejad Victor - Robert F. Worth, New York Times. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won Iran's presidential election in a landslide, officials of Iran's election commission said...

This Week at War is now posted at Foreign Policy. Topics include Is the U.S. Army the Slowest Student in Afghanistan? and How to Recover from Failure.

By His Own Rules: The Story of Donald Rumsfeld By Bradley Graham Book Description A penetrating political biography of the controversial Defense Secretary, by a longtime military affairs...

Inside the Surge: One Commander's Lessons in Counterinsurgency - Lieutenant Colonel Jim Crider, USA, and Thomas E. Ricks (Foreword), Center for a New American Security. When Lieutenant Colonel Jim...

Wall Street Journal senior national security correspondent Peter Spiegel dishes about his interview with the new US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal - the first interview with Gen....

Just a quick note of congratulations to the folks at the Center for a New American Security on one outstanding conference today. A great line-up of speakers and panelists -- with a wide range of...

The Tactical Excuse By Mike Innes (Cross-Post with CT Lab) Two posts on strategic focus helped crystalize a major criticism I've had of the kind of work done in the puzzle palace... natch, make that...

Just a quick note - SWJ will be attending the Center for New American Security's Third Annual Conference today. For those who can't attend, the conference will be streamed live on the CNAS website...

Carte Blanche for New US Commander in Afghanistan - Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt, New York Times. The new American commander in Afghanistan has been given carte blanche to hand pick a dream team of...

Into the Great Unknown in Afghanistan by Judah Grunstein (Cross-Post with World Politics Review) After flagging this very valuable post by Tim Lynch on conditions in the southeast of Afghanistan,...

Washington Post - On Leadership in Combat: Craig Mullaney (Part 1) Washington Post - On Leadership in Combat: Craig Mullaney (Part 2) On Leadership is a new Washington Post section featuring a...

The Center for New American Security has released several new reports and working papers that will be presented at its third annual conference, Striking a Balance: A New American Security" on...

100 Years of COIN: What New Have We Learned? - David Betz, Kings of War. ... Having said all that, 2006 may represent something of a watershed; it's probably too soon to tell but my hunch is that...

Thin Red Line of Heroes - Stuart Koehl, Weekly Standard. ... the British role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is slowly being consigned to the memory hole. To listen to most American...