There has been a lot of alarm spread about Ebola and the past weeks, and I am loathe to add fuel to the fire, but I am concerned about the possible weaponizing of Ebola by Islamic extremists.
Jihad - Today this ancient Arabic word has near universal recognition, but also near universal misunderstanding.
Karachi's Ethnic Tinderbox
by Ahmed Humayun and Ali Jafri
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Over the last month, Karachi- Pakistan's largest city and the center of its commercial...
Karzai's Governing Strategy:
A Threat to ISAF COIN Implementation
by James Sisco
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Karzai's initial governing strategy, focused at centralizing...
If the US allows Afghanistan to slip from its grasp, it opens the door in classic Great Game theory to other powers.
Looking to Plan Colombia to create a Plan Yemen.
Each nation brings unique capabilities to the team and learning how to maximize the effectiveness of these capabilities requires consistent training among the different militaries.
There are two leading concepts for how the U.S. should approach a future conflict with China: Air-Sea Battle and Offshore Control.
Khastan Tawanestan! -- "We Can, We Will!"
Shaping the Battlefield in Afghanistan in Dari and Pashto -- not English
by LT Sean "Shoe" Stevens
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How does a...
Interview with Dr. John Nagl on his just released book Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice, The Penguin Press, New York, 2014.
Women are acting as combatants in approximately one-third of present-day armed insurgencies. Are there lessons for the US military?
Richard Dixon provides a much needed look at the issue of suicide and military leadership.
Korengal Valley Observations
by Bing West
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In 2007, Alissa Rubin of The New York Times described a "new counterinsurgency doctrine" that...
“If we [the U.S.] take out ISIS, we have Assad. If we take out Assad, we have ISIS. If we take out both, we have a vacuum.”
Herodotus had it right when he considered the Caspian Sea to be landlocked.
I made my hajj to Korea and served there for three years. The "land of the morning calm" presents historical, professional, and lifestyle opportunities you will find nowhere else.
A proof of concept for an integrated language and culture learning program.
COL Rich Outzen makes a plea for a transformational approach to promoting language skills in the force. Is it possible to turn the failure around?
The purpose of this paper is to provide research information on doctrinal convergence and divergence, and elaborate upon the role of language and culture in counterinsurgency operations.
Last year was witness to three police operations against gangs in Catalonia, targeting the Latin Kings, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13), and the Bloods.
Russia has increasingly tested the resolve of Europe and the West, inciting and then intervening in manufactured crises in Georgia and Ukraine. The Baltic States could be the next target of Russian...
This research examines the cyber battle space, why it poses a significant threat, and how attribution difficulties can create significant issues for deterrence of cyber-attacks.
Do you improve your organization, or detract from its success?
Leadership of Cyber Warriors: Enduring Principles and New Directions
by Gregory Conti and David Raymond
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SWJ Discussion with Dr. David H. Ucko and Dr. Robert Egnell about their book Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare.
Interaction among foreign forces and local farmers was perhaps never more important for mission success than in Afghanistan over the course of OEF.
In assessing our “lessons learned” it is vital that the service look forward and not just retrospectively so it does not learn the wrong lessons.
Network-centric warfare doctrine continues to fall short of revolutionizing the battlefield, even after a decade of upgrades born out of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At present, for every US Soldier there is at least one 20-foot container of equipment in Afghanistan; a quantity that cannot be overemphasized as our military begins to face the challenges of...
Lebanon's national rejection of returning to civil war coupled with the buoyancy provided by the Lebanese Armed Forces will keep it from sinking into the Syrian abyss.
The inability to craft an effective national policy to deal with the surge of left-wing extremism is a subject of intense policy debate and mounting public concern in India.
Does the NATO treaty “automatically” require the U.S. use force to defend a NATO ally? The short answer is “no”.
Understanding how the democratization of Iraq failed could be instructive to future endeavors towards democratization throughout the world.
A recent National Defense University article titled “Rapid Regeneration of Irregular Warfare Capacity” identifies some pitfalls with the elimination of irregular warfare capability.
Lessons for Libya?
Flawed Policy and the Inevitability of Military Failure: The Anglo-French Suez Expedition of 1956
by Brian C. Collins
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Lessons From a Military Humanitarian in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
by Major Kelly L. Webster
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