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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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Recent Trends in Radicalization

March 26, 2012

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The attack in France this past week at the hands of the terrorist Mohammed Merah is reawakening  Europe to the realities of radicalization. This event should not be viewed as the beginning of a complex new terror campaign domestically but should be seen as an infrequent reality of war with terror groups. The majority of […]

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Declining Soft Power and the Timetable

March 22, 2012

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As the war in Afghanistan drags on for over ten years, it is no surprise that U.S. military forces, the American public, and the Afghans themselves are getting tired. While the conflicts and worries in Afghanistan are extremely complex and hard to resolve, some points are clear: the Obama administration is intent on withdrawal of […]

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America, Our Own Worst Enemy?

February 27, 2012

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Last week two American members of the NATO Coalition army burned copies of Muslim’s most holy book, the Qur’an, in a NATO camp 1. Afghan soldiers working in the camp witnessed the event and immediately responded with rage. Within a day from the time they extinguished the fire, over 2000 furious Afghanis arrived at the […]

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