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This is the sixth installment of an eight part series on the Patterson School’s Summer Reading List. Hide and Seek, Charles Duelfer The Accidental Guerrilla, David Kilcullen The Limits of Power, Andrew Bacevich Huang Yasheng, Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics Walter Laqueur, The Last Days of Europe Greg Mortenson, Stones into Schools Stones into Schools is Greg […]

If Only…

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On July 5, 2010

This seems optimistic: As you may have heard, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is in the news again, and not in a good way, with reports of a speech he made in Connecticut referri

Ricks in Lexington

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On March 25, 2010

While I’m on the subject of Tom Ricks… Last month, Tom Ricks visited the Patterson School and gave a couple of talks about Iraq. One talk was for the Patterson students, and the other for

Yglesias links to an interesting article by Sheri Berman on the relevance of early modern state-building to policy in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think it would be fantastic if some school of diplomacy and/or international commerce offered a course bringing together the statebuilding literature and the Afghanistan/Iraq policy literature… Share

Great Gamble Addendum

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On January 12, 2010

Ralph, in comments to the Great Gamble review: Soviet casualties and aircraft losses (reported thru military channels to the General Staff) were much lower than what is popularly believed. The Soviets

Sunday Book Review: The Great Gamble

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On January 11, 2010
As conditions have deteriorated in Afghanistan in the past several years, academic and military specialists have paid greater attention to the Soviet experience in Afghanistan. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December 1979, in an effort to support one faction of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan against another. The Soviets withdrew in 1989, having […]

Back to Af-Pak

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On January 7, 2010

David Axe and the folks at War is Boring have an ambitious journalistic project, and could use your assistance. If you have a chance, drop a quarter in the jar. Share

Imperial naivete

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On December 2, 2009

St. Ignatius of Georgetown bestows his benediction on Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan, but, being a liberal columnist at the liberal Washington Post, he regrets that the announced p

QOTD

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On December 1, 2009

Stephen Walt: Americans have come to believe that spending government revenues on U.S. citizens here at home is usually a bad thing and should be viewed wth suspicion, but spending billions on vast so

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