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In this update we take the reader around the world ending with three thoughtful articles in Discourse.

What Gives Boko Haram its Strength by David Jacobson, Atta Barkindo and Derek Harvey, CNN

Continue on for a link to the WOTR interview with yours truly - Dave D.

David Francis must have been working against deadline when he wrote “Why Afghanistan Might Be the Marines’ Last Fight” (The Fiscal Times, May 6, 2013).

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Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is not a happy camper.

Interview Transcript: Former Head of the NSA and Commander of the US Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander

Continue on for information on the Center for a New American Security's Eighth Annual National Security Conference.

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has released a new, comprehensive report, titled Mexico’s Police: Many Reforms, Little Progress.

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"The US Army will not be very successful in the coming operating environment unless it develops a sense of strategic understanding..."

"No Worse Enemy: The Inside Story of the Chaotic Struggle for Afghanistan" - Book review by Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Michigan War Studies Review

“If our mission is to set the stage for Afghanistan’s success… it would be a mistake to help deprive Afghanistan of its most important resource: human capital.”

Mexico Is Not Colombia: Alternative Historical Analogies for Responding to the Challenge of Violent Drug-Trafficking Organizations - RAND Corporation

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2014 Salute to Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans - Video of Speech by General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.)

Explaining Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency - New York Times

Paging Dr. Abrams: Why This Soldier Thinks We Need a Commission on the Structure of the Army by Adam Maisel, Defense in Depth

"The Joint Pub doubles down on the proposition that war is an exercise in civics rather than in destruction."

U.S. Military Learns COIN Lessons, but They Might Not Be Enough by Steven Metz, World Politics Review

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"Three enforcers hired by Mexico’s biggest drug cartel flew from Los Angeles to Minnesota last month, kidnapped two local teenagers, and then tortured them for hours."

"Companies such as IRD were left to manage hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of taxpayer-funded programs with little meaningful oversight from USAID."

Continue on for the latest Landpower update.

“American Landpower, facing a challenging era of defense austerity in the coming years, can play a supporting role in this regard.”

"The department’s objective was simple, even if its task was not."

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"The current debate about Ukraine is troubling for at least three reasons."