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by Voice of America
April 18, 2016 04:40 PM | Comments (0)
“Russian President Putin's special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, told the Interfax news agency recently that ‘the Taliban interest objectively coincides with ours.’...
by Morgan Smiley
April 18, 2016 03:19 PM | Comments (1)
Our foreign policy will favor “show-of-force” theatrics designed to reinforce the image of US engagement but with an eye towards exploiting opportunities for American businesses.
by USA Today
April 17, 2016 11:24 PM | Comments (0)
“The U.S.-led coalition has ramped up its air campaign on the Islamic State’s finances, launching 15 strikes against cash depots and more than 125 attacks on oil infrastructure.”
by The Washington Post
April 17, 2016 03:28 PM | Comments (1)
“The central but little-known role that U.S. Special Operations troops can play in helping foreign forces plan and execute deadly missions against militant targets.”
April 17, 2016 03:11 PM | Comments (1)
“The missions - known often by some variation of ‘train, advise and assist’ - have served as an extension of America’s larger wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
by Keith Nightingale
April 17, 2016 02:38 PM | Comments (0)
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
by SWJ Editors
April 16, 2016 01:09 PM | Comments (0)
US Secretary of Defense Carter and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Gazmin shaking hands on a Marine Corps V-22 Osprey over the South China Sea.
April 16, 2016 10:18 AM | Comments (0)
by Eurasia Review
April 16, 2016 09:44 AM | Comments (1)
“Following the attack by IS on the Philippine army in Western Mindanao, Manila should make fighting IS its national security priority.”
April 16, 2016 02:22 AM | Comments (6)
"Nine tough years later, five big ideas seem to be crystallizing as the lessons we should be taking from developments over the past decade."
April 15, 2016 06:07 PM | Comments (0)
"The longer ISIS stays, the more it becomes fashionable to youngsters with no hope, to all these youngsters who have been oppressed by the government here, in Syria, in other countries."
by The Heritage Foundation
April 15, 2016 05:33 PM | Comments (0)
“Over the years, Presidents have experimented with different NSC structures and organizations with varying degrees of success.”
April 15, 2016 04:05 PM | Comments (0)
A U.S. WoG approach? Who said?
April 15, 2016 09:00 AM | Comments (1)
"Gates finds a middle ground in the argument that has been swirling since Jeffrey Goldberg’s Atlantic magazine article examining Obama’s reluctance to use military force."
April 14, 2016 03:36 PM | Comments (0)
"Top brass from around the Corps are meeting in an executive off-site meeting near Washington, D.C., to discuss a plan that will use war games to shape the future force."
by Time Magazine
April 14, 2016 03:13 PM | Comments (0)
“Islamist extremism is growing in Mindanao, with serious security implications for the region and beyond.”
April 14, 2016 12:01 PM | Comments (0)
The U.S. military has been conducting joint patrols in the South China Sea with the Philippines and is increasing its presence on the archipelago with rotational forces and equipment.
by The United States Institute of Peace
April 13, 2016 11:06 AM | Comments (1)
The report is the result of discussion in one of five working groups in the Middle East Strategy Task Force. The task force is an Atlantic Council initiative.
April 13, 2016 09:34 AM | Comments (0)
Continue on for information on this 21-22 April conference. This event will be streamed live.
by The Soufan Group
April 13, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments (5)
"The losses suffered by the Filipino military demonstrate the difficulty of uprooting entrenched localized insurgencies."
by Miguel Nunes Silva and Tiago Ferreira Lopes
April 13, 2016 08:16 AM | Comments (0)
Why Russia’s answer to the Syrian civil war is not within NATO’s reach.
by The New York Times
April 13, 2016 07:22 AM | Comments (0)
“The battlefield successes enjoyed by Western-backed forces in the IS heartland have done little to stop the expansion of the militants to Europe, N. Africa and Afghanistan.”
by Ehsan Ahrari
April 12, 2016 10:03 AM | Comments (3)
No one—unless he/she sits inside the Oval Office for only a few days—has any clue how different the world looks as an occupant of the White House.
by The New Yorker
April 12, 2016 07:36 AM | Comments (0)
“Capturing the top-secret documents that tie the Syrian regime to mass torture and killings.”
April 12, 2016 06:04 AM | Comments (0)
April 11, 2016 02:52 PM | Comments (0)
“I can predict with high confidence that sometime soon, Pentagon priorities will change markedly.”
by Best Defense
April 11, 2016 01:26 PM | Comments (1)
“Next week, President Obama flies into Riyadh. He will find an unsettling welcome. The mood has darkened since his first trip in 2009.”
April 11, 2016 12:04 AM | Comments (0)
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by Shwan Kanan and Jonathan Dworkin
April 10, 2016 11:35 PM | Comments (0)
President Obama wishes to restore America’s diplomatic voice in the world. In the Kurdish region, the silence is deafening.
by Defense News
April 10, 2016 07:00 PM | Comments (0)
“Analysts agree that Carter’s suggestions mainly picked around the edges of known issues without making major changes.”