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Weekly shuras, and all that

An excellent review of three recent books on Afghanistan. Running through my mind were the images of the American Captain in “Restrepo” participating in the weekly shuras with the village elders. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook … Continue reading

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A Moral Justification of War

For class on Wednesday, please read President Obama’s speech on the occasion of his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. To what extent does the film Restrepo inform your reading of the president’s speech (and vice versa)? Bookmark on Delicious … Continue reading

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The Strategic Effects of 9/11

One of the most influential American foreign policy journals, Foreign Affairs, has just released its newest issue.  Therein you will find the article “Al Qaeda’s Challenge: The Jihadists’ War With Islamist Democrats” written by William McCants.  Among McCants’ conclusions is … Continue reading

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Al Qaeda: a crippled network?

Two major items appeared in the news the past week, both of which speak to the survivability of al Qaeda “central” in the aftermath of bin Laden’s death.  The first, a piece by David Ignatius, details the intelligence treasure trove … Continue reading

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