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How Sri Lanka Won the War

How Sri Lanka Won the War

By Peter Layton,  April 09, 2015 How to win a civil war in a globalized world where insurgents skillfully exploit offshore resources? With most conflicts now being such wars, this is a question many governments are trying to answer. Few succeed, with one major exception being Sri Lanka where,...

Saturday, October 27 2018

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Is Erik Prince Pointing the Way Out of Afghanistan?

Is Erik Prince Pointing the Way Out of Afghanistan?

By James Durso, September 28, 2018 In August, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis kiboshed Erik Prince’s plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan which Prince called “an expensive disaster for America.” But with Mattis’s  tenure in doubt, we may not have seen the last of the Prince plan, which...

Tuesday, October 02 2018

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Taliban's deadly onslaught across Afghan provinces draws increased U.S. air power

Taliban's deadly onslaught across Afghan provinces draws increased U.S. air power

W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times One after another, American fighter jets and armed drones screech down the runway at this mountain-fringed northern military outpost, launching missions around the clock to support Afghan forces battling militants aligned with Islamic State and the Taliban. More than 700 U.S. airstrikes have been carried...

Wednesday, October 26 2016

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Tajikistan: The Far Outpost Of Great Powers

Tajikistan: The Far Outpost Of Great Powers

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 21, 2015  There has been fierce fighting in northern Afghanistan for much of this year, and at times it has moved very close to the border with Central Asia. This has prompted great concern among the governments of Central Asia, particularly those directly bordering...

Tuesday, July 28 2015

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The Afghan Ethno-Tribal Army

The Afghan Ethno-Tribal Army

The Huffington Post, 06/19/2015 The Afghan security forces are no longer bound to limit their night time raids and to not use heavy weapons in fighting the Taliban insurgency. This is a sharp departure from the policies of former President Karzai, who had increasingly grown weary of the night...

Tuesday, June 23 2015

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The Failure of Counterinsurgency

The Failure of Counterinsurgency

December 09, 2014 The current power sharing government among factions in Afghanistan will likely be as successful as the one in Iraq during the Nouri al-Maliki period: not very. A viable democracy is only possible if fair elections produce an acknowledged winner and a losing loyal opposition exists –...

Wednesday, December 10 2014

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