"People are trying to graft the narrative for Hezbollah's trajectory onto an individual. I think that for Hezbollah, as for its patron Iran, terrorism is an instrument of statecraft and foreign policy and when it’s going to be useful, it's employed, but when it’s not going to be useful, it's not... Hezbollah can keep claiming they've made this transformation, but terrorism is in their DNA."

-- Bruce Hoffman

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A Small Wars Journal discussion with Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster.

Despite ISIS releasing a map identifying areas where the Caliphate will be established in Asia, its ability to do so is substantially limited.

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Proxy selection in Syria will have a profound impact on the post-war political order: who wins, who loses, and how they govern.

If countering VNSAs such as ISIL will be a long-term campaign, we will need long-term goals and objectives.

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“If you have not ever done so, I urge you to program into your next trip abroad a visit to an American military cemetery.”