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Slow Learning

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In Robert Farley
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On November 16, 2011
I observe with some degree of pride that Captain Andrew Betson, a student of mine at the Patterson School, has an article in the latest Armed Forces Journal. The article began life as a seminar paper in last spring’s Counter-Insurgency course.  It’s excellent work; check it out.

Simulacra

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On September 9, 2011

So, apparently Great Satan’s Girlfriend isn’t exactly a hot COIN-nerd chick who wants to talk war and show you nifty pictures of herself in a bikini.  As Spencer points out: “Court

Sadie Jones’ Small Wars is a novel about British efforts to put down the Greek Cypriot insurgency in the mid-1950s. Jones concentrates on the Treherne family, including Hal, a British military officer, his wife Claire, and their two children.  It’s not quite right to say that the settlement of British military families in the war […]

Context is Important

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In Robert Farley
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On April 22, 2010
Yglesias misleads: It’s a little pat to just say that things like the bus incident are unavoidable in a war zone — even “unavoidable” incidents can occur with frequency — but the Wikileaks video and the arrival of “collateral damage” on the streets of Washington, D.C., are both powerful reminders that to a certain extent, […]

Here’s Some Unhappy…

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On November 29, 2009

Some interesting bits in this Telegraph report from last week: Top British commanders angrily described in the documents how they were not even told, let alone consulted, about major changes to US pol

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