President Trump, North Korea and the Undermining of International Cooperation

International cooperation since the end of the Cold War has been built on trusting that the United States will follow a set of international norms and rules. Colonel Qiao Liang in his book Chao Xian Zhan (Unrestricted Warfare) submits that unless other countries continue to trust the United States will follow these international rules, the […]

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Recruiting Refugee Children

The Guardian recently reported about the increase by ISIS in recruiting refugee children. Recently ISIS has increased their recruiting efforts within Lebanon and Jordan offering up to $2,000 as well as food supplies which have been withheld in the past. In a report from the Quilliam Foundation entitled “Refuge: Pathways of Youth Fleeing Extremism” ISIS […]

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Megacities Combat Units

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, MAJ John Spencer with the Modern Warfare Institute at West Point wrote a short article advocating the creation of a “Megacities Combat Unit” for the US Army. MAJ Spencer cites the increasing urbanization of the world’s population. For example, currently “54.5 percent of the world’s population live[s] in urban areas” […]

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Obama Administration Releases “Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations”

Yesterday, the Obama administration released a 61-page review of the legal and policy frameworks guiding the United States’ use of military force. This review describes the domestic and international legal basis for the use of force overseas. Furthermore, it describes the key legal and policy frameworks the Obama administration established regarding the use of force. […]

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ISIS Use of Chemical Weapons

This morning, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Islamic State is suspected of using mustard gas against the Peshmerga in northern Iraq on Wednesday. The attack occurred southwest of Erbil with Peshmerga fighters reporting injuries that are consistent with a chemical attack, likely a mustard agent. This week’s attack on the Peshmerga is the […]

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2015 National Military Strategy Released

Yesterday, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed the United States’ 2015 National Military Strategy. Since the Pentagon last published the National Military Strategy in 2011, General Dempsey states that “some of our comparative military advantage has begun to erode” because the United States is “faced with multiple, simultaneous security challenges from […]

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