Post Tagged with: "War on Terror"

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

Obama recently gave a speech in which he tried to start a national discussion to redefine the nature of the struggle against al Qaeda and its affiliates. He said that this war had to have boundaries and, like all wars, must end.

The Myth of George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy Revolution

The Myth of George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy Revolution

The dominant theme in the literature on the War on Terror is the assumption that the war and its discourses originated with the Bush administration. However, the War on Terror can actually be traced to earlier administrations, specifically those of Reagan and Clinton.

What Do We Really Know About Boko Haram?

What Do We Really Know About Boko Haram?

If the US gets involved in fighting Boko Haram, it could galvanise the support of anti-US movements. However, there are several conflicting narratives on Boko Haram. What is known about the sect is speculative, which highlights a need for empirical research.

Do the Roots of Violent Radicalisation Lie Where The UK Government Suspects They Do?

Do the Roots of Violent Radicalisation Lie Where The UK Government Suspects They Do?

‘The Roots of Violent Radicalisation’ report reviews the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy PREVENT. It identifies suspected places where radicalisation takes place despite there being little evidence to suggest that any of these forums drive the process.

Review – War Beyond the Battlefield

Review – War Beyond the Battlefield

David Grondin’s edited collection represents a variety of perspectives that aim to demonstrate that the locus of battle is not on the traditional battlefield in the War on Terror.

Where the Heck is Central Sulawesi and Why Should I Care?

Where the Heck is Central Sulawesi and Why Should I Care?

Sulawesi’s situation has the potential to turn into a Darfur or Southern Philippines-type conflict. The disturbing aspect of this conflict is that it is not on any radar screens in the west.

Reflecting on 9/11

Reflecting on 9/11

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we must remember those innocent victims who lost their lives on that day and reflect on the much larger numbers of civilians and soldiers that have perished in the reactions to it.

Baghdad’s Security Cooperation Dilemma: Military Assistance to Iraq in 2012 and Beyond

Baghdad’s Security Cooperation Dilemma: Military Assistance to Iraq in 2012 and Beyond

Washington’s best long-term strategy in Iraq is to seek economic, political, and security cooperation while recognizing the difficulties in Baghdad, as Iraqi policymakers attempt to rebuild a country caught up in a larger geopolitical tug-of-war.

Review – Border Walls

Review – Border Walls

With imagination and erudition, Jones investigates the fundamental tensions between democratic ideals and the brute realities of the enforcement of state power on the ground.

Extremist Islam and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq

Extremist Islam and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq

Recent conflicts have highlighted how religion and identity are central to security issues. The question remains as to what extent individual conflict zones are facets of a wider, transnational war which pits the ‘West’ against al Qaeda?

It Is a Civil War Within Islam: Not Global Terrorism

It Is a Civil War Within Islam: Not Global Terrorism

Washington cannot unilaterally deal with the mayhem that the Islamic civil war has unleashed. The U.S. must enlist allies in multilateral responses to jihadist threats. Often, events can only be influenced at the margins. At times, the most prudent policy may be to do nothing at all.

Review – The Wars of Afghanistan

Review – The Wars of Afghanistan

Peter Tomsen has provided a comprehensive account of Afghanistan’s recent conflicts and illuminates aspects of this history in ways that only he could really achieve.

Drones: The Future of Warfare?

Drones: The Future of Warfare?

Drones will be part of the future of warfare as their advantages can be exploited by political leaders. Yet, drones are only part of a wide array of surveillance and military options.

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