Author: Robert Farley

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Wednesday NatSec Roundup

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On October 16, 2019
He who plots to hurt others often hurts himself.    Kyle Mizokami has a brief, useful rundown of the recent history of the US relationship with the Kurds. The great thing about being America is that it doesn’t matter if we’re “credible;” it just matters that we’re big. Kyle also has a pretty good account […]
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Friday NatSec Roundup

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On October 11, 2019
This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. It is all folly, madness, a crime against civilization! You people speak so lightly of war; you don’t know what you’re talking about. There’s a Weaponized Interdependence conference going on today at the Fletcher School at Tufts, including friends-of-the-blog Henry Farrell and […]
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Monday NatSec Roundup

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On October 7, 2019
It is not the custom of kings to kill kings. So we’ve finally decided to sell out the Kurds. Apart from Trump’s continuing fascination with right wing autocrats, the Kurds occupy an awfully weird space in American national security thinking. Kurdish security was part of the case for the invasion of Iraq; the Kurds have […]
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Saturday NatSec Roundup

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On October 5, 2019
Force is never more operative than when it is known to exist but is not brandished. Yesterday and today are Negotiation Simulation Days at the Patterson School. The Army War College sends some folks out, we populate teams and assign mentors, and then all of us together fail to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh frozen conflict. It’s […]
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