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Are Economic Sanctions a Humane Alternative to War, or are they Simply another Tool of Coercion? By Farrukh Khan
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Sanctions have been in use since time immemorial for shaping interstate relations between nations and to coerce weaker nations into submission. However, since the end of the Cold War, the use of... More > sanctions as a tool for statecraft has seen a dramatic increase as developed nations have tried to avoid costly military confrontations. The most prolific and efficient use of sanctions was witnessed during the Gulf Crisis, when attempts were made to weaken the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein prior to a military confrontation. This brief essay presents a discussion about whether sanctions are a humane alternative to war or simply another tool for coercion in statecraft.< Less
Are Economic Sanctions a Humane Alternative to War, or are they Simply another Tool of Coercion? By Farrukh Khan
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Sanctions have been in use since time immemorial for shaping interstate relations between nations and to coerce weaker nations into submission. However, since the end of the Cold War, the use of... More > sanctions as a tool for statecraft has seen a dramatic increase as developed nations have tried to avoid costly military confrontations. The most prolific and efficient use of sanctions was witnessed during the Gulf Crisis, when attempts were made to weaken the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein prior to a military confrontation. This brief essay presents a discussion about whether sanctions are a humane alternative to war or simply another tool for coercion in statecraft.< Less
Public War, Private Fight? The United States and Private Military Companies By Deborah C. Kidwell
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This work examines the widespread use of contractors by the military to help fill the massive and complex logistical requirements of a modern military force. Ms. Kidwell examines the use of Private... More > Military Companies (PMC) as far back as the American Revolution and follows their evolution through the War with Mexico, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and the first Gulf War. She then analyzes the use of PMCs in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Ms. Kidwell concludes that PMCs will be an increasingly important facet of US military operations for the foreseeable future; however, the use of contractors on the battlefield is not a panacea for all logistics problems. Originally published by the US Army. (Ms. Kidwell is currently an Assistant Professor of Military History at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.)< Less
Revisions In Need Of Revising: What Went Wrong In The Iraq War By David C. Hendrickson et al.
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David C. Hendrickson and Robert W. Tucker examine the contentious debate over the Iraq war and occupation, focusing on the critique that the Bush administration squandered an historic opportunity to... More > reconstruct the Iraqi state because of various critical blunders in planning. Though they conclude that critics have made a number of telling points against the Bush administration’s conduct of the Iraq war, they argue that the most serious problems facing Iraq and its American occupiers—criminal anarchy and lawlessness, a raging insurgency, and a society divided into rival and antagonistic groups—were virtually inevitable consequences that flowed from the act of war itself. Military and civilian planners were culpable in failing to plan for certain tasks, but the most serious problems had no good solution. The authors draw attention to a variety of lessons, including the danger that the imperatives of “force protection” may sacrifice the broader political mission of U.S. forces...< Less
Iraq’s Shia Warlords and Their Militias: Political and Security Challenges and Options By Norman Cigar et al.
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The phenomenon of Iraq’s Shia warlords and the militias they lead has significant implications for the conduct of the war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including for U.S.... More > policy interests and for U.S. Landpower forces deployed in-country. In this monograph, Dr. Norman Cigar analyzes the rapid resurgence of the Shia militias and the warlords thanks to a mass popular mobilization in response to the severe ISIS threat to the country in 2014. The militias have played a key role in helping to stabilize the situation on the ground, while the Iraqi Army has been rebuilding with the help of the international Coalition. At the same time, the warlords have become significant political players who have an impact on issues of interest to the United States, such as sectarian reconciliation and the formation of a National Guard in Sunni areas, which have implications for the future of Iraq’s security and stability.< Less
The Mattis Way of War: an Examination of Operational Art in Task Force 58 and 1st Marine Division By Michael L. Valenti Major, USMC & U.S. Army Combined Arms Center
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This study examines General James N. Mattis’s staffing philosophies, the influence of history on his operational planning and execution, and his general command and leadership philosophies... More > using Task Force 58 as a formative base. A brief look at his time commanding the 1st Marine Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) examines whether his philosophies and concepts evolved or remained consistent. A chapter dedicated to his command philosophies and leadership explores common themes that were present during both periods and their influence on his later generalship. General Mattis is an iconic figure in recent Marine Corps history and is known by many nicknames sucsh as Mad Dog and the Warrior Monk. He gets the latter because of his intense love and study of military history, leadership, and the art of war. He had humble beginnings; born in a small town in the Pacific Northwest at the base of the Columbia River which had deep-rooted agricultural ties and a nuclear industry.< Less
Between Obama’s Lines: How We Almost Lost The Middle East, The Cold War, and The Atlantic Alliance By Franck Prissert
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We all focus on recent events while losing track of how they developed. In mid-2013, something was decidedly wrong with our policy in the Middle East. And Russia. The Administration was lying about... More > Benghazi. It was condoning the Muslim Brotherhood, befriending Iran’s new President, letting the Iraqi Kurds down, snubbing Israel and Saudi Arabia, chastising the new Egyptian leader, and ineptly watching the Syrian genocide. All while allowing for a power vacuum, knowing full well it would be filled by al-Qaeda, or worse, by Russia. To anyone who thinks the Cold War ended in the Eighties, and that Russia’s buck stops in the barren lands of the Middle East, think twice. Trashing decades of history, President Obama had apparently decided to revisit the Truman Doctrine, and it came down to simple questions. Who was he, who were his advisors, and what was the motivation? We were in mid-2014 and the stage was set for Russia’s next move. Why was a difficult question. How we got there is what you are about to read.< Less
Between Obama’s Lines: How We Almost Lost The Middle East, The Cold War, and The Atlantic Alliance By Franck Prissert
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We all focus on recent events while losing track of how they developed. In mid-2013, something was decidedly wrong with our policy in the Middle East. And Russia. The Administration was lying about... More > Benghazi. It was condoning the Muslim Brotherhood, befriending Iran’s new President, letting the Iraqi Kurds down, snubbing Israel and Saudi Arabia, chastising the new Egyptian leader, and ineptly watching the Syrian genocide. All while allowing for a power vacuum, knowing full well it would be filled by al-Qaeda, or worse, by Russia. To anyone who thinks the Cold War ended in the Eighties, and that Russia’s buck stops in the barren lands of the Middle East, think twice. Trashing decades of history, President Obama had apparently decided to revisit the Truman Doctrine, and it came down to simple questions. Who was he, who were his advisors, and what was the motivation? We were in mid-2014 and the stage was set for Russia’s next move. Why was a difficult question. How we got there is what you are about to read.< Less
Between Obama’s Lines: How We Almost Lost the Middle East, the Cold War, and the Atlantic Alliance By Franck Prissert
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We all focus on recent events while losing track of how they developed. In mid-2013, something was decidedly wrong with our policy in the Middle East. And Russia. The Administration was lying about... More > Benghazi. It was condoning the Muslim Brotherhood, befriending Iran’s new President, letting the Iraqi Kurds down, snubbing Israel and Saudi Arabia, chastising the new Egyptian leader, and ineptly watching the Syrian genocide. All while allowing for a power vacuum, knowing full well it would be filled by al-Qaeda, or worse, by Russia. To anyone who thinks the Cold War ended in the Eighties, and that Russia’s buck stops in the barren lands of the Middle East, think twice. Trashing decades of history, President Obama had apparently decided to revisit the Truman Doctrine, and it came down to simple questions. Who was he, who were his advisors, and what was the motivation? We were in mid-2014 and the stage was set for Russia’s next move. Why was a difficult question. How we got there is what you are about to read.< Less
Once Upon a Time in Iraq By Basil Balian
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This book consists of memories and reflections of the author about Iraq and its people. It tells about Iraqis through everyday life stories without embellishing them or trying to make them sound... More > profound. The author has lived in America for almost fifty years and understanding both cultures has enabled him to write a book about Iraq that Americans may find easy to read. The book attempts to bridge between two cultures that know little of each other and are now fatefully involved. (TO PREVIEW BOOK, DOWNLOAD FREE PREVIEW, OR CLICK ON TITLE AND SELECT PREVIEW ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE)< Less

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Cardboard Cardboard By Patrick G. Redford
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