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Outside Publications

Confessions of a Jihadi Nerd: A Guide to Reading the New Bin Laden Documents

Today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a new batch of declassified documents recovered during the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. Like most terrorism researchers (nerds), I am excited to see these documents finally come to light as I think they provide a much needed window for the public to see inside al Qaeda’s operations and thinking.

Remembering Roman

Every Memorial Day, friends leave small bottles of Jack Daniel's and an American flag on Roman Kupchinsky's gravestone in Arlington National Cemetery.

Kupchinsky was a warrior, both on and off the battlefield. A man of passion who fought for his ideals with a singular determination, he devoted his life to seeing Ukraine become free. He came of age on the battlefields of Vietnam, but most of his fighting was done not with violence, but with words. 

Summit to Nowhere

The Camp David summit concluded on Thursday with a stack of assurances from President Barack Obama to representatives of the Arab Gulf states that America has their back. To prove his intentions, he promised to sell them more and better weapons, and to increase the frequency of combined training and exercise opportunities for their forces with those of the United States. The Arabs, ever polite to their host, responded with thanks.

Is America About to Get Tough in the South China Sea?

How the United States has treated maritime disputes in East Asia over the last 40 years owes much to a little-known cable that was drafted in the waning hours of December 31, 1970. On that night, Chinese patrol boats were shadowing an American oil exploration ship, the Gulftrex, in the disputed waters of the East China Sea. In Washington, a small group of officials from the U.S.

The Jihadi Threat to International Order

All terrorist groups challenge state sovereignty and the international order. However, this challenge is usually of limited scope, with political objectives confined to such conventional goals as assuming power in a state or gaining independence. Their violence, however disruptive, still accepts the state-based international order as an organizing principle.

How to Fight an Elusive Enemy

As the United States is finding out with some regularity, it is not easy to defeat an enemy that avoids battles. Targeting such an enemy is difficult not because it is technically complicated but because it is strategically of limited use: we can chase and sometimes hit a few targets, but these actions often have little impact on the wider problem, which allows the enemy simply to reappear elsewhere.

A Bizarre Twist in Libya’s Militia Drama

The escalation of the conflict in Yemen, the debatable fate of negotiations to define and set limits upon Iran’s nuclear energy program, and the uneasiness among the Gulf states about both situations which has prompted President Obama to host a Gulf Summit at the White House, have all tended to overshadow recent events in Libya.

Remembering victory in Europe -- V-E Day, May, 1945

"The Mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241, local time, May 7th, 1945, Eisenhower."

With that simple statement, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, announced the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II in Europe.

The 1st Infantry Division, whose history we present at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, played a significant role in achieving the victory.

There is much we should recall about that moment 70 years ago.

China’s Growing Presence in Georgia

There is perhaps no less comfortable place for a struggling democracy than the blurry space between the hardening frontiers of the liberal democratic West and an increasingly expansionist, militant Russia. For states like Georgia, well beyond NATO’s fortified border in a region where even neutrality is considered a lot cast for Moscow, taking a side is not so much a choice as it is a necessity for state survival.

Baltimore and the American Dream: A View From North Africa

As a Moroccan national who visits the U.S. often, I have grown attached to the American people, their country, and the values they aspire to live by. And so it pains me to hear of incidents of police brutality, which violate the rule-of-law principles America stands for both domestically and internationally, and it pains me further when looting and assaults on police mar legitimate protests with further criminality.