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Afghanistan’s Dual Supply Problem

May 22, 2012

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Afghanistan will face two major issues this year. The more publicized issue is Pakistan’s refusal to open up their supply routes into Afghanistan for NATO use. The lesser known issue is the devastatingly poor poppy harvest. Both of these problems will create unique challenges for NATO forces. A brief examination of the problems will show […]

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A new glimpse into al-Qaeda

May 8, 2012

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To coincide with the anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin laden, the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point released 17 de-classified documents obtained in bin Laden’s Abbattobad compound. These 17 documents are a small fraction of the thousands of documents recovered from the raid. Despite their small number, these documents add color […]

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Balancing in Asia: Against China or Ourselves?

May 4, 2012

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The Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia has received much attention lately among policy analysts. An article from the Council on Foreign Relations concisely summarizes the main points of the new strategic focus on Asia as a natural result of shifting U.S. attention away from Iraq and Afghanistan and stemming from a desire to hedge against a […]

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America in Southeast Asia: A Typhoon Scenario?

April 30, 2012

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Largely forgotten in the media, America has been engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom in the Philippines since 2002.  While the mission has been one primarily of training and supplying the Filipino military, it is currently unclear how long the mission will continue; given the increased emphasis of U.S. influence in the region, it would seem […]

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Indian Fire: The AGNI V

April 26, 2012

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From the Wall Street Journal

Amid the lack of discussion about the magnitude of nuclear bombs themselves, India has opted to diversify and improve its nuclear delivery systems.  Last week, in accordance with that goal, India successfully launched the AGNI V, a missile with the capability to send a nuclear warhead nearly 5,000 kilometers, or about 3,100 miles.    As […]

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