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Is a major FSA operation underway?

There are some issues that are too important to remain unsolved.

It is time to rethink the role of conventional U.S. military medical assets in COIN operations.

When the balloon goes up... A new look from an old tool.

Design is to MDMP as the universe is to apples. All we can do now is apples.

The war in Syria is entering a critical new phase in which the regime’s lines of communication between its stronghold cities are being seriously threatened.

The autobiography of the renowned Middle East historian Bernard Lewis.

This fight is different from any that have come before between these two adversaries.

The presence of Mexican-origin drugs in Chicago is more prominent now than ever before

The evolution of al-Qaeda's media strategy.

The American society, along with civilian and military leaders, remain unprepared to deal with the complexities of insurgencies and small wars.

Without dedicating proper resources to develop language and cultural skills, there is a risk of degradation in a critical capability delivered through regional alignment.

Some great lessons for law enforcement, military, and intelligence professionals for countering street gangs of all stripes.

Social media's role in mobilization and narrative.

From the outset, the U.S. treated Al Qaeda as a military objective instead of an organization to be understood, penetrated, and permanently dismantled. 

The Warlord Loop’s 2012 reading list features interdisciplinary topics that cover the entire spectrum of conflict.

Address the issue now before it becomes a crisis.

Ongoing changes in tactics and organization presage a near-term transformation to battalion-based Battle Groups.

Train and posture properly for the threat.

To think that America can’t or shouldn’t project its power globally when necessary is a mistake. America’s military struggles in the post-9/11 era have...

Iran’s endeavours are concentrated on projects which make little sense for purely civilian usage.

At a time when the United States has much to lose from retrenchment, an Obama or Romney administration will find the United States with few effective non-military instruments...

The Free Syrian Army has moved their war into the second phase of Mao's "people's struggle." 

The Russian claim is that their counterinsurgency operations in Chechnya were successes: but at what cost?

In the final part of this series, Iraq expert Kirk Sowell shines a light on the country's murky foreign policy.

It sounds crazy, but catching the most notorious and wanted drug trafficker in the world might be a bad thing.

The Russian Federal forces enjoyed overwhelming superiority, yet were forced into a premature cease-fire in 1996 and suffered immense casualties.

An interview with Janine Davidson.

The linkages between democracy, natural resources, and peacemaking as Burma seeks a way to wind down a half-century long complex of ethnic, political, and religious strife....

Risk management and wicked messes like Afghanistan.