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Lebanon has a political system, security force, and national memory to weather the current storm. 

Guadalajara could lose its protected status among drug lords and become the next epicenter for drug-related violence.

Developed to streamline and expedite the orders process, the CONOP has forced leaders to expend time, effort and energy to push the CONOP through the approval process from...

A look at the war and how the administrations have prosecuted it.

There is a danger in the empirical mode of reasoning that it will lead us to think of a thousand locals or twenty counterinsurgents as homogenous units of human being....

America’s maritime and amphibious capabilities are pivotal to the nation’s future ability to deter and defeat adversaries, strengthen alliances, deny enemies...

As the US Treasury imposes sanctions on an Iraqi bank, what defines our relationship with friendly autocracies?

Could a conflict between Afghanistan and Pakistan lead to tactical nuclear weapon use?

Life-saving training for deploying forces.

An edited volume by Williamson Murray and Peter Mansoor.

The post-Westphalian world must understand the pre-Westphalian one.

Observing how the Afghans develop intelligence and seek creative means to support their operations is vital to Afghans owning the security.

The current US/EU two-track policy on Iran, which includes the imposition of an oil embargo, is not sufficient to break the current nuclear stalemate.

As we begin to imagine a post-Long War era, a renewed appreciation of the fundamental building blocks of world order is required.

This dialogue between anthropologists Howard Campbell and Tobin Hansen explores the relationship between violence, politics, and terrorism in Mexico’s narco-conflict....

After more than a decade of overseas operations since Sept. 11, 2001, there is a needed moment of reassessment as to how to equip, train and even fund the military.

To facilitate operational success and to provide clarity for Service members, Joint Force leaders must have clear codes of conduct developed for their organizations.

Much of the discussion of a ‘military takeover’ is the phantasmagoria of the radical fringe that sees conspiracies and plots everywhere.  This fever-swamp...

  Will we “learn” the same lessons we learned after Vietnam again? (…and, by the way, what were those lessons?)

Critiquing the Critique of British COIN

What role should attack aviation play on future battlefields to best support ground forces in achieving their objectives?

A British model, an American model, a Robinson model.

The CIA’s Small War that Killed the Monroe Doctrine and Marked a New Era of American Diplomacy  

Operations in Safar focused on ridding the area of enemy fighters and not mimicking the standard gain a foot hold and chasing ghosts through a minefield tactics.

A history and discussion of the Lebanese Shi'a Party of Allah

Identity-based conflicts are purposefully incited and strategically prepared by means of targeted mass communication. 

A look at decision-making in Vietnam.

It does not matter if one shows courage or leadership in Iraq or Afghanistan, if they return to meekly let the military industrial complex’s moral corruption continue...

Herodotus had it right when he considered the Caspian Sea to be landlocked. 

Considering an active cyber defense.