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Book Review: “What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?”

May 15, 2017

Reviewed by: Millie Radovic   The term ‘Counter-Insurgency’, also known as COIN, has in the post-9/11 era become synonymous with Afghanistan. Nearing its sixteenth year, the NATO-led campaign to defeat the Taliban insurgency that followed the US invasion in 2001, is not short of critical literature. In Metin Gurcan’s What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?, the author tackles … Continue reading “Book Review: “What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?””


Book review: 'America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam' by Christopher Lawrence

May 23, 2016

Reviewed by: Cheng Lai Ki Christopher Lawrence. America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. Oxford, UK. Casemate Publishers, 2015. ISBN: 978-1612002781. Hardcover. £19.99 Compared to other countries around the world, the United States military possesses the largest expenditure rate in the world of around $640,221million, according to a study conducted by the Brookings in 2014.[1] … Continue reading “Book review: 'America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam' by Christopher Lawrence”


The limits of US security cooperation in Jordan

April 22, 2016

By: Peter Kirechu The most notable feature of President Barack Obama’s partnership-based counterterrorism doctrine­–roughly defined–is its central focus on training and arming local security services to independently deal with emerging terrorism threats. The President’s doctrine is unfortunately fraught with inconsistent performance of US-trained security services, especially among fragile states in the Middle East and beyond. … Continue reading “The limits of US security cooperation in Jordan”


To kill or to capture? The conundrum facing the Supreme Court and military operations

February 23, 2016

By: W. M. Hart On 4 February 2016, heads of state and international organisations gathered in Westminster to discuss aid to Syria. At the same time, a mere stone’s throw away in the Supreme Court, the UK Government was finishing its argument in a case which could have profound impact on the way the UK … Continue reading “To kill or to capture? The conundrum facing the Supreme Court and military operations”


A war on humanitarianism?

November 19, 2015

By: Mélanie Thienard   Is the United States waging a war on humanitarianism? On 26 October 2015, a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Northern Yemen was struck by airstrikes, allegedly conducted by the US-supported, Saudi-led coalition, who have denied any implication in the destruction of the hospital. Earlier that month, on the 3rd of October, … Continue reading “A war on humanitarianism?”


Is remote control effective in solving security problems?

October 20, 2015

By: Chad Daniel Tumelty Editors note: Remote Control is a project hosted by the London-based think tank Oxford Research Group, set up to examine changes in military engagement, in particular the use of drones, special forces, private military companies and cyber warfare. They recently hosted an essay competition for participants in response to the question ‘Is remote control effective in … Continue reading “Is remote control effective in solving security problems?”


Controversy over interpreters reminder of failures in Afghanistan

September 19, 2015

By Alex Calvo: The fate of the almost 3,000 interpreters who worked with the British forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province has recently been highlighted in the media, prompting a debate about whether they should be allowed to settle in Great Britain. The interpreters fear reprisals and some have already suffered violence or even death in their native … Continue reading “Controversy over interpreters reminder of failures in Afghanistan”


Review: 'Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars' by Chris Woods

June 15, 2015

By Harris Kuemmerle: Chris Woods, Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars. London, UK: Hurst Publishers., 2015. Pages: 400. £20.00 (hardback). ISBN: 9781849044028.  The recent growth over the past decade in the scope and complexity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in warfare is remarkable not only for the immense pace by which the technology and procedural practices have matured, … Continue reading “Review: 'Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars' by Chris Woods”


Punishing the cowboys: Blackwater, justice, and easier wars

April 18, 2015

By Charlie de Rivaz: On Monday, four former employees of Blackwater, the notorious private US military contractor, were sentenced for the killing of 14 unarmed civilians and the wounding of 17 more in Iraq in 2007. Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard each received 30 years in prison after being found guilty of several … Continue reading “Punishing the cowboys: Blackwater, justice, and easier wars”


Interview – Journalist Sean Carberry on Afghanistan & conflict reporting

March 30, 2015

By Mackenzie Weinger: In December 2014, reporter Sean Carberry shut the doors of NPR’s Kabul, Afghanistan bureau. The United States public radio network had put the bureau’s closure on the calendar back in 2012, deciding to leave the country due to the planned reduction of US troops. After having a bureau in the city since … Continue reading “Interview – Journalist Sean Carberry on Afghanistan & conflict reporting”


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