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Why Can’t America Win Its Wars?

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 10, 2016

America’s military is like Germany’s in the twentieth century—a tactically and operationally brilliant force that cannot think strategically.

Analysis and Commentary

Lisa Monaco Speaks At CFR

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

White House counterterrorism czar Lisa Monaco spoke the other day at the Council on Foreign Relations.

In the News

Russian Hostility 'Partly Caused By West', Claims Former US Defence Head

featuring William J. Perryvia The Guardian
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

William Perry says US contempt toward Russia as ‘third-rate power’ after end of Cold War played a big role.

In the News

Cash Aid To Households Is Most Effective In Reducing Insurgency Threats, Stanford Research Shows

featuring Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)via Stanford News
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Stanford researcher Joseph Felter found that direct cash assistance to households in the Philippines decreased insurgent-led conflicts and weakened their influence in those villages.

In the News

Precision Strike Association To Present USSOCOM's James F. "Hondo" Geurts With William J. Perry Award

mentioning William J. Perryvia EconoTimes
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Precision Strike Association (PSA), an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association, will present Mr. James F. "Hondo" Geurts, the Acquisition Executive of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, FL, with its 2016 William J. Perry Award.

In the News

Three Minutes To Midnight: Closer To Nuclear Conflict Than We Think

featuring William J. Perryvia War on the Rocks
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

While at Stanford last month, we had a long conversation with former Secretary of Defense William Perry about the nuclear dangers facing the world. We were struck by his provocative and frightening outlook: that the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War. North Korea’s recent bluster only underlines the dangers.

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Putin And Patton In Syria

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The term “culminating point” in military operations describes the stage of an offensive at which the heretofore successful attacker is about to outrun his advantages, whether in numbers, materiel or psychological leverage on the defender.

Analysis and Commentary

Trade With China Reduced Domestic Inequality

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

In a recent post, I challenged Mark Kleiman's view that low-income people do not benefit at all from international trade.

In the News

While Insisting On A Need For Clarity, Perry’s AUMF Is Anything But Clear

quoting Jack Goldsmith, Benjamin Wittesvia Human Rights First
Monday, March 7, 2016

Amidst the United States’ continued efforts to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) is the latest member of Congress to propose an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against the group.


Merkel’s Migration Plan Will Turn Greece Into A Huge Campsite

by Josef Joffevia The Guardian
Monday, March 7, 2016

The German chancellor can save her open-door policy, but she’ll have to spend billions on a pay-off.


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