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 “We’ve won the war,” General Dan Halutz boasted.

What began as an Israeli air campaign rapidly evolved into an extensive ground war of bloody house-to-house battles that the Israelis were ill prepared to wage. 

Iranian inroads in Africa present a potential new front in the Iranian-US cold war.

An autocratic Iraq will probably be happier doing more business with China and Russia. But the idea of a Sino-Russian strategy in the Middle East is far from simple.

Using security cooperation to prevent, shape ... and win.

Implementing a provocative idea.

The conventional approach taken by most aid programs has been a counterproductive disaster.

Looking to Plan Colombia to create a Plan Yemen.

Or how to shatter organizational stagnation and identify critical tensions preventing creative thinking and improvisation.

The authors lay out the “courses of action” available to Iran at sea, air, ground, in other countries and by conducting terrorism around the globe.

The killing of this (unprivileged, unlawful) combatant enjoyed ample legal authority under both international and domestic law, and is, as a matter of law and policy,...

A look inside the increasingly pivotal nation.

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...