Colleagues at Arab Digest have just published an interesting commentary on “Boundaries in the Arab world and their remarkable durability.” It’s not publicly available, but I do hope they’ll release it as a sample for general readers. The piece, authored by Chatham House’s Greg Shapland, ex of the Foreign Office, alludes to one of those issue-areas that bridges the grounded, practical, concrete world of international law, and the often fuzzy realm of historical understanding, collective identity and memory, and perception […]
I’m watching Rory Stewart’s narration of the life of Lawrence (yes, that Lawrence). On difficult terrain: can’t patrol it with small units, because those units can then be ambushed; can’t garrison it, because units there couldn’t be resupplied. So much of it remains empty, most of the time, “and an empty space on the map is a dangerous thing.”
Emma Sky, on working as General Ray Odierno’s advisor in Iraq: “I’m experienced in working in different cultures. The most alien culture I’ve ever worked in is the U.S. military… I was used to working in the humanitarian space, the diplomatic space. I came to Iraq and that space, the military, is all over it.” Read the rest here.
The “Safe Haven” Myth, John Mueller, The Nation Information Black Hole, Salman Massood, At War/New York Times Combating the Stigma of Psychological Injuries, Thom Shanker, At War/New York Times Bosnia Faltering, Jon Western, Duck of Minerva British Muslim Gangs and the Chemical Jihad, Gretchen Peters, AfPak Channel/Foreign Policy US Is Losing Afghan War on Two Fronts, Peter Bergen, CNN Iraq vs. Afghanistan: A Surge Is Not a Surge Is Not a Surge, Freier/Leed/Nelson, Critical Questions/CSIS “NATO Has the Watches, We […]
To Beat the Taliban, Fight From Afar, Robert Pape, New York Times We’re Too Focused on Al Qaeda, Caroline Wadhams & Colin Cookman, AfPak Channel/Foreign Policy From COIN to Chaos, David P. Fidler, AfPak Channel/Foreign Policy The Forever War Continues, Kenneth Payne, Kings of War Lens: Under the Radar in Kandahar, Editors, At War/New York Times When the Walls Come Down, Rod Nordland, At War/New York Times A Surge of Discontent on Afghan Policy, Editors, At War/New York Times Islamabad: […]