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Check out the US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute’s new website.

"A bipartisan resolution declaring that systemic violence committed by Islamic State against Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and other ethnic and religious minorities constitutes genocide."

"Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he was instructing his armed forces to start pulling out of Syria over five months."

Continue on for a VOA video, interview and story.

"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused Syria of “clearly trying to disrupt" the U.N.-sponsored peace talks."

“Modern methods allow the Islamic State to keep up its systematic rape of captives under medieval codes.”

A November 2015 Army report subtitled "Create a Healthier Force for Tomorrow". The statistics are quite disturbing.

A Look at Urban Warfare in the Syrian City of Aleppo - A Modern War Institute podcast with Dr. Rodger Shanahan, Research Fellow, Lowy Institute.

“A survey of nearly 54,000 found that two out of three male Marines and one out of three female Marines were opposed to opening all combat jobs to women.”

"U.S. officials are pushing a select group of allies to expand their sights beyond Iraq and Syria in the global effort to destroy the Islamic State terror group."

"Not only is the Human Terrain System alive... the Army could expand it if more money becomes available."

"... it would be a mistake to think that a 'same old, same old' policy is playing out again."

“Putting pressure on those political entities so far has not yielded any positive outcome.”

The Islamic State, despite its name is not a state and recognition of the group as such threatens to provide a self-fulfilling prophecy.

"The Pentagon has presented the White House with the most detailed set of military options yet for attacking the growing IS threat in Libya."

On February 13, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev stated recent international developments have pushed the United States and Russia “into a new cold war”.

“The myth of a ‘British way in counterinsurgency’... judicious and humane application of minimum force and ‘hearts and minds’ has been comprehensively debunked.”

"The Pentagon says a U.S. airstrike in central Somalia has killed more than 150 Al-Shabab militants who were preparing for a large-scale attack."

The U.S. National Guard's cyber unit may join the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.

Lost in the strident rhetoric of the election season is the fact that the President has several thousand constituents laboring on his and our behalf.

This report documents P2C options: financial sanctions, support for nonviolent political opposition to hostile regimes, and offensive cyber operations.

Continue on for a link to Malcolm Nance’s 2007 SWJ article. Our most read, by far.

"Carter said on Friday he planned to unveil proposals in a few weeks to reform the structure of the U.S. military."

Some speculation on what presidential election candidate Donald Trump's defense/foreign policy might look like as the field narrows.

"Afghanistan's Taliban has cast further doubt on prospects for peace talks with the Kabul government."

“Lawmakers are calling on the Pentagon to reinstate a decorated US Army sergeant whose status is under review after he hit an Afghan militia officer for raping a boy.”

“Sen. John McCain on Thursday charged the Air Force chief of staff with being dishonest about the critical role of the A-10 Thunderbolt II in the war against IS militants.”

"The tension between what the Army is—the relationship between its three components—and what the Army does—provide effective forces to fight the nation’s wars."

Continue on for additional information and links to this 7 March event in Washington, D.C.

A summary look at the long list of current crises and conflicts on the continent raises the question of the effectiveness of the AU to prevent and protect peace and stability in Africa.