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Talking Past Each Other: How Views of U.S. Power Vary Between U.S. and International Military Personnel (Enlarged Edition) By Richard H. M. Outzen, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
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A decade of multinational operations and global engagement has forced the U.S. military into a deeper and more sustained set of military-to-military relationships than previous strategic conditions... More > required. In many cases, this experience has demonstrated differences between how our current generation of oficers and their international peers view and discuss the exercise of U.S. power and inluence overseas. Anecdotally, it has sometimes seemed as if American oficers and their foreign partners were talking past each other—not only coming to different conclusions, but using entirely different premises and reasoning to explain the exercise of U.S. power abroad. In some cases, friction driven by miscommunication has manifested as low-level dissatisfaction and has been contained by professional norms and institutional processes. In other cases, especially when dealing with predominantly Muslim militaries—Turkey and Pakistan...< Less
The Challenge of Drug Trafficking to Democratic Governance and Human Security in West Africa (Enlarged Edition) By David E. Brown, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
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International criminal networks—some with links to terrorism—both represent an existential threat to democratic governance of already fragile states in West Africa, and are using drugs to... More > buy political power, fray West Africa’s traditional social fabric, and create a public health crisis. Drug trafficking represents the most serious challenge to human security in the region since resource conflicts rocked several West African countries in the early 1990s; international aid to the sub-region’s “war on drugs” is only in an initial stage, and progress will be have to be measured in decades, not years.< Less