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The African Union summit wrapped up Friday with a call to fast-track an African standby force to better respond to conflicts across the continent.

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The ranks of the paramilitary movement have dwindled since the US military withdrawal in 2011, and Maliki is facing insurrection from parts of the country’s wider Sunni minority.

“The United States should, with a focused effort and in partnership with other states, make a significant push to improve security in Africa.”

The concept of federalism goes beyond having provincial, regional, and sub-regional governing institutions.

A study obtained by VOA shows that Afghan citizens overwhelmingly oppose Taliban rule.

Mexico essentially legalized the country’s growing “self-defense” groups while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar...

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Military Plans Reflect Afghanistan Uncertainty by Thom Shanker, New York Times.

"The future of NATO must remain among the West's highest security priorities. For a number of reasons, that isn't happening."

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Violence and instability rage in the Middle East and Africa. Preserving forces’ readiness and capabilities in PACOM means less elsewhere. Can we afford to take risk in CENTCOM or AFRICOM?

"Rather than allowing the Afghans to find their own solutions to the insurgency, the United States bequeathed its ally a reductionist approach. "

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Continue on for information concerning the Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension: Implications for Policymakers, Warfighters, NGOs and the Private Sector conference.

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As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down, President Barack Obama has spent significantly less time on the topics of national security and veterans policy.

Military Brass, Behaving Badly: Files Detail a Spate of Misconduct Dogging Armed Forces by Craig Whitlock, Washington Post

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Yesterday, four mid-grade military officers — one from each armed service – made a remarkable public recommendation to their boss, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

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The legacy and future of American counterinsurgency remains perhaps the most contentious issue in contemporary military affairs.

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 17: Civil Self-Defense Groups Have Emerged in 11 Mexican States

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Dempsey's Wise Words on the Military Profession by Michael Noonan, US News and World Report

Zone Defense: A Case for Distinct Service Roles and Missions by Clay Beers, Gordon Miller, Bob Taradash, Parker Wright, Center for a New American Security

Strategic Horizons: As Insurgency Mutates, U.S. Response Must Evolve by Steven Metz, World Politics Review (Registration Required)

Despite widespread recognition of this success, the Air Force wants to junk all 340 aircraft by 2020.

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