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Lessons Learned from the Iraq and Afghan Wars

Richard D. Hooker, Joseph J. Collins ·

Our book Lessons Encountered: Learning from the Long War was produced in response to two questions from General Martin Dempsey, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs:  what were the costs and benefits of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what were the strategic lessons of these campaigns. The National Defense University’s Institute of National Strategic Studies was tasked to answer...

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Lessons Encountered Book Jacket

Ukraine: The Squandered Renaissance

John R. Haines ·

  The Euromaidan movement that emerged in late 2013 on Kyev's Maidan Nezalezhnosti ("Independence Square") first crystalized around opposition to increasingly authoritarian rule by President Viktor Yanukovych, especially his government's effort to reverse the pro-Western policies of his predecessor, Viktor Yushchenko. The namesake Independence Square has special meaning to...

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Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Russian Propaganda, Disinformation, and Estonia's Experience

Viljar Veebel ·

The international community faces serious challenges arising from a new mode of information warfare, which Russia has deployed during the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in 2014-2015. This ongoing “propaganda war” is the most recent and frightening example of information warfare. It reflects the wide array of non-military tools used to exert pressure and influence the behaviour of countries. When...

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Estonian Coat of Arms (source: Riigikantselei - "Riigivapi seadus", Elektrooniline Riigi Teataja)

Putin, Obama, and the Middle East

Adam Garfinkle ·

The latest news from what used to be Syria is that Russian pilots have undertaken combat missions on behalf of the Assad regime—but not so much against ISIS. Some Syrian rebels who have been receiving U.S. aid via the CIA since 2013 appear to be among the targets—so claimed Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and he should know. Worse, despite U.S. efforts to deconflict the combat zone between U....

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Obama and Putin