History

The Blowback that Created al-Shabaab

By Graeme Anfinson  "Information Clearing House -

The terrible attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi has put a spotlight on radical Islam coming from Somalia. The as of yet unconfirmed reports of Americans being involved has put an added emphasis on the Somali American community, the largest of which is here in the Twin Cities. What has been lacking in much of the coverage of the attack, unsurprisingly, is context.

 

Mossad, Military Intel briefed king during Yom Kippur War

 Mossad, Military Intel briefed king during Yom Kippur War

Tuesday September 10, 2013

Sticking to Agent Babel (Nasser's son-in-law Ashraf Marwan) is the most appropriate explanation I can come up with for the failure of Israeli deterrence before the Yom Kippur War.

Brig. Gen. (res.) Aharon Levran

King Hussein of Jordan | Photo credit: AP

The surprise that shocked Israel and which started the Yom Kippur War is widely believed among Israelis to have been the result of an intelligence failure.

Putin's No Stalin

 Putin's No Stalin

Dimitri A. Simes

September 4, 2013

*Dimitri A. Simes is an editorial assistant at the National Interest.

As world leaders get ready to convene in St. Petersburg for the annual G-20 meeting, they ought to be wary of an increasingly fashionable political phenomenon.

Why We Must Not Forget the Lessons from Bosnia

 Why We Must Not Forget the Lessons from Bosnia

Has the world learned the lessons from the Balkans?
A Commentary by Wolfgang Ischinger

4 September 2013

Has the world learned the lessons from the Balkans?

Opponents of an intervention in Syria like to point to the sobering experiences of Afghanistan and Iraq. But the Bosnian wars of the 1990s provide a more accurate model. As long as Assad feels he has the upper hand, he's not going to negotiate earnestly.

Syria and the limits of comparison

 Syria and the limits of comparison

Robert D. Kaplan

28 August, 2013

Because so many war plans simply do not survive the reality of war itself, each war is a unique universe unto its own and thus comparisons with previous wars, while useful, may also prove illusory.

Beware the “Thucydides Trap” Trap

Beware the “Thucydides Trap” Trap

By James R. Holmes
June 13, 2013

Professor Graham Allison of the Kennedy School at Harvard commonly warns the United States and China not to fall into the "Thucydides Trap.”

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