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Republicans and Democrats each share some of the blame for the situation in Iraq. The former for the way in which the US entered the country and the latter for the way in which it left.

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Statement By Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Announcing Presidential Nominations

AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare recently published a Land Warfare Paper titled “Special Operations Forces in Unlit Spaces: Understanding the World's Dark Spots in the Context of...

Resolution of the current military crisis in Iraq is complicated by a difficult underlying political crisis.

How Government Structure Encourages Criminal Violence: The Causes of Mexico’s Drug War by Viridiana Rios Contreras

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A special issue of Small Wars and Insurgencies on U.S. counterinsurgency features three free-to-view articles as a promotion for the rest of the issue.

“We have a real global threat. The problems in Africa are going to land on our doorstep if we’re not careful.”

"There were plenty of warnings, of course. A look at how we got here"…

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"Nigeria is studying the military tactics used by Sri Lanka to crush the rebel Tamil Tigers for its own battle against Islamist group Boko Haram."

When Is Foreign Internal Defense (FID) a Smart Policy Tool for Washington? Cato Institute, July 14, 2014, 11:00 am. Continue on for additional information.

Not All Heroes: An Unapologetic Memoir of the Vietnam War, 1971–1972. Book review by James R. Smither, Grand Valley State University.

The Iraqi soldiers tell of how they can hardly live with the shame of their rout under the onslaught of the Islamic militants.

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The Air Force insists the high-flying B-1 and other warplanes can adequately replace the A-10.

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Obama’s intention to end the war in Iraq led to continual downward pressure on the planned number of advisers, until it fell to a small fraction of what military planners originally hoped for.

"Depending whether you are among the winners or losers, you jeer or curse American passivity."

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President Obama said Friday the US will not send troops into Iraq to fend off a burgeoning Islamic insurgency. Continue on for a news roundup.

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While the capturing of Homs represents a major symbolic victory for Assad it also serves as another example of his incremental step-by-step approach.

What Just Happened? Looking at Bergdahl Through the Lens of Political Spin

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This comment responds to the SWJ publication of  “A Proposed Framework for Appreciating Megacities: A US Army Perspective.”