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A Maoist approach may have produced a more politically meaningful victory with less brutality in the First Congo Civil War.

How the Pentagon resisted change and needed disruption to enact life-saving programs in the face of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

How "Design" was used in shaping a the way ahead in Afghanistan.

To understand and address the tensions between “winning the present and winning the future” a joint force capable of “deep thinking” is required.

A look back at al Qaeda after 10 years of war.

Key bureaucratic and analytical challenges for the deployed threat finance analyst and the larger community of deployed all-source intelligence analysts

Will Mexico’s admittance into the Trans-Pacific Partnership create an even more empowered global criminal network?

Without a more unified and coercive strategy from the international community, Assad will likely remain in power for the immediate future. 

Stemming from his must-read book, an important discussion about Helmand, Kandahar, and America's flawed attempt to save Afghanistan.

A Foucauldian approach to military history exposes 4GW as a crock.

An interview with Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. Schaefer, the author of  “The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus: From Gazavat to Jihad.”

When it comes to their old strategy of “zero problems with neighbors,” Turkey’s worst foreign policy headache might not be Syria...

Holding and building in pop-centric COIN.

The doctrine for wargaming during COA analysis falls short for small wars.

To implement mission command successfully, a shared understanding of the environment, problem, and strategic intent must exist with echelons above and below.

Harnessing the Disruptive Mind of the entrepreneur and investor with the System Mind of the military and government at the tactical and strategic level of...

Using visual media to disrupt insurgent formation.

China's struggle with the Uyghur minority.

COIN, organizational culture, and leadership - how they have interplayed in Afghanistan over the past several decades.

The Army is globally engaged and regionally responsive; it is an indispensible partner and provider of a full range of capabilities to Combatant Commanders in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and...

We have no more real control over conflict (or the universe) than anyone else, in fact, sometimes we now have less.  If we cannot control, we must adapt.

R2P, its historical roots, applications, and its confrontation with the "wicked" problems in Libya and Syria.

Mexico’s war against their drug cartels is a war they cannot win by themselves. Must we take some responsibility?

As sanctions bite and pressure mounts on Assad, Iran steps up its involvement in Iraqi affairs. But how extensive is their influence?

The Army is a learning organization, but it must avoid learning mumbo-jumbo.

The inside story of 9/11 and the war against al Qaida.

Afghans generally haven't seen the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother, but they would love to talk to you about the great things their male relatives are...

Population-centric counterinsurgency?

How operational planners applied military design to a wicked problem set in Afghanistan.

A worthwhile read on Pakistan from the Washington Post's Pamela Constable.