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One Measure By Which Things Have Recently Gotten Worse

June 23, 2015

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Originally posted on Dart-Throwing Chimp:
The United Nation’s refugee agency today released its annual report on people displaced by war around the world, and the news is bad: The number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 had risen to a staggering 59.5 million compared to 51.2 million a year earlier and 37.5 million a…

Hezbollah: Its Use of Synergistic Influence Operations and Potential Vulnerabilities

August 23, 2014

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Hezbollah: Its Use of Synergistic Influence Operations and Potential Vulnerabilities.

What IS America’s Strategic Narrative?

August 23, 2014

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What IS America’s Strategic Narrative?.

The ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’ and Russian Non-Linear War

July 7, 2014

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Originally posted on In Moscow's Shadows:
But what happens when the bear looks like a stray dog, or a cute little kitten? Call it non-linear war (which I prefer), or hybrid war, or special war, Russia’s operations first in Crimea and then eastern Ukraine have demonstrated that Moscow is increasingly focusing on new forms…

A Notable Year of the Wrong Kind

December 28, 2013

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Originally posted on Dart-Throwing Chimp:
The year that’s about to end has distinguished itself in at least one way we’d prefer never to see again. By my reckoning, 2013 saw more new mass killings than any year since the early 1990s. When I say “mass killing,” I mean any episode in which the deliberate actions of…

Iranian Arms and Influence

November 22, 2013

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As Iran and world powers struggle on nuclear deal in Geneva, I conducted a thought experiment to consider revisiting Schelling’s calculus of deterrence in his seminal treatise Arms and Influence. Does this calculus remain relevant or is it obsolete in the face of a nuclear armed Iran?  It is, I concluded, variables in the strategic […]

Blazing a new trail

July 10, 2013

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It has been a busy summer and I haven’t posted here in quite some time now. With full-time work on the Joint Staff, teaching courses in global terrorism, counter-terrorism, and homeland security, writing for the Institute for Advance Studies and embarking on anther round of graduate studies at George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, […]