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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.

Two great minds on drugs... and strategy.

Change doesn’t come easy to military culture; it is often resisted.

Regional proxy wars between Iran and the Arab Gulf are using Lebanon as their figurative prostitute.

Throughout its existence beginning in the early 1990s, ASG has waffled back and forth between criminality and terrorism. 

Protests in the Middle East are about a power struggle in the Muslim world triggered by the democratic uprisings of the Arab Spring.

People and culture are important – but they are not the only important things. Their importance is relative to the mission and the operational environment. ...

Fit the operation to the narrative, not the narrative to the operation.

The US Army is finding itself in the difficult position of attempting to redefine itself in a climate of reduced resources. It shouldn't pin its future to peer-to-peer...

Simply put, interagency reformists have failed to understand the environment within which they are proposing change.

Time now for a return to the basics if the organization is to endure well into the current century.

A warning and call to action from the French criminologist.