Tag Archives: Afghanistan

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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Re-Evaluating Schmidle’s Article

Schmidle wrote an article in the New York Times about the navy seals that killed Osama bin Laden. Many criticized him in his writing because he did not have a first-hand account of the operation. His information came from second … Continue reading

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“Fear is our enemy”

While sitting in a lecture Wednesday afternoon, Masha Hamilton said something that stood out among all other words. She stated that “Fear is our enemy.” As I sat there listening to her elaborate on this wise statement I thought of … Continue reading

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Failed States

Each year, the Fund for Peace organization conducts a study to list the world’s so called “Failed States.” The Failed States index “ranks 177 countries using 12 social, economic, and political indicators of pressure on the state, along with over 100 … Continue reading

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