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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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The shortcomings of Turkey’s Syria campaign

Two months into its foray into northwestern Syria Turkey’s Operation “Euphrates Shield” against Islamic State (ISIS) militants and Kurdish militia forces (People’s Protection Units; YPG) is already showing some clear shortcomings. Turkey’s military has said that ISIS is successfully mounting … Continue reading

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Unauthorised Troops on Foreign Soil: Wild West in the Middle East

Beginning of August, the BBC released the first ever photographs of British special forces in Syria (see one of the photos on the right). The photos showed twelve heavily armed elite soldiers with four accompanying vehicles and weapons. They were … Continue reading

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Waging War with Tourist Maps: Lessons in (mis)planning from the invasion of Grenada (2/2)

by Sébastien Roblin. He holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the … Continue reading

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Waging War with Tourist Maps: Lessons in (mis)planning from the invasion of Grenada (1/2)

by Sébastien Roblin. He holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the … Continue reading

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From Afghanistan to Yemen: How the US is trying to destroy ISIS

Following the overthrow of the regime of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi by a group of ragtag militants and rebels the term “lead from behind” entered the lexicon for a brief time. Here for a short moment, it seemed to … Continue reading

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Just how flexible are the America and Russia’s Middle East expeditions?

During Russia’s much publicized drawdown from Syria in mid-March (see Video below) Maria Dubovikova argued in Al Arabiya that Russia was “withdrawing [from Syria] in order to stay”. The apparent contradiction in that witty formulation echoes what a US officer … Continue reading

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Iran Expands Presence in Syria With Special Forces Deployment

by Galen Wright. Recent comments by Iranian military personnel suggest that their support for the Assad government in the Syrian Civil War includes previously unknown contributions by the country’s conventional armed forces (the Artesh). Specifically, the deployment of advisors including … Continue reading

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