Archive for the ‘Counterinsurgency’ Category

Diplomacy Is the Way To Beat the ‘Islamic State’

During the short drive from Beirut toward Damascus, our taxi turned off the road and pulled into a refugee camp in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley. As a journalist and academic who writes about international security, I wanted to see the refugee situation I had read about for myself. I watched as a truckload of women […]

Afghanistan: Time To End This War

Western officials are hoping the violent outburst after the careless Koran burning at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan will not happen again. Despite their deepest desires there is no doubt that it will. This was not the first furious demonstration against the U.S. and its NATO partners, who Afghans consider occupiers, and it definitely will […]

Afghan Policy Remains in the Dark Ages

This article was originally posted on The Huffington Post. Shoot ‘em, whack ‘em, bomb ‘em. Are we not tired of this type of approach? It’s like a perpetual sequel of The Terminator. Let’s face it, President Obama gave a fairly strong speech. No, it wasn’t great. However, this is not because the President lacks commitment […]