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Mexico’s cartels continue turn to military, guerrilla tactics and training

by Bernd Debusmann Jr. Mexican drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) are continuing their trend of adopting military and terrorist training and tactics, allegedly with ties to (former) members of Colombia’s FARC guerrillas, experts warn. In July, Mexico’s Centre for Research and … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-un Looking at Things — one of the few information sources from North Korea

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is an analyst and journalist specializing in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has a comedic email list about the Middle East that you can join here. It should surprise no one in 2017 that, politics notwithstanding, … Continue reading

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How the United States and Iraq tried, but failed, to disband the Kurdish Peshmerga

by Paul Iddon. Coming Monday, September 25, 2017, the Iraqi Kurds will hold a referendum on the independence of the Iraqi Kurdistan and the adjoining disputed territories (see also Patrick Truffer, “The Kurds in Iraq: Is Their Pursuit of Autonomy … Continue reading

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Operation Barkhane’s Secret to Success

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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Propeller planes instead of fighter jets? Rethinking by the US Air Force!

by Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter; originally published in German). Björn is journalist in Berlin focusing on security policy and geopolitics. The military is increasingly focused on high-tech weapon systems. There are not only expensive, but also complex and very … Continue reading

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Colombian Counter-Narcotics

by Michael Martelle. Michael is a masters student studying Security Policy at the George Washington University’s Elliott School for International Affairs. International trends in the trade of coca and cocaine have generally been determined by shifts in demand and supply-side … Continue reading

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Assad and the Russians turned their noses up at Raqqa operation

by Paul Iddon. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backer were extremely dismissive towards the United States-backed operation that is removing Islamic State (ISIS) from the group’s de-facto Syrian capital city Raqqa. At first, in last April he mocked … Continue reading

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FBI’s intelligence-gathering operation in Iraq

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. Six weeks before the United States invaded Iraq in March … Continue reading

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Propellermaschinen statt Kampfjets? Umdenken bei der US-Luftwaffe!

von Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter; English version). Er ist Journalist in Berlin mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheits- und Geopolitik. Dieser Artikel basiert auf dem Manuskript der NDR-Sendung “Streitkräfte und Strategien” vom 22.04.2017 — der dazugehörige Podcast befindet sich hier. Das … Continue reading

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A Storm out of the Norm in Chad

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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