Book review: ‘America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam’ by Christopher Lawrence
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Book review: ‘America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam’ by Christopher Lawrence

Reviewed by: Cheng Lai Ki Christopher Lawrence. America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. Oxford, UK. Casemate Publishers, 2015. ISBN: 978-1612002781. Hardcover. £19.99 Compared to other countries around the world, the United States military possesses the largest expenditure rate in the world of around $640,221million, according to a study conducted by the Brookings in 2014.[1] … Continue reading

The limits of US security cooperation in Jordan
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The limits of US security cooperation in Jordan

By: Peter Kirechu The most notable feature of President Barack Obama’s partnership-based counterterrorism doctrine­–roughly defined–is its central focus on training and arming local security services to independently deal with emerging terrorism threats. The President’s doctrine is unfortunately fraught with inconsistent performance of US-trained security services, especially among fragile states in the Middle East and beyond. … Continue reading

Is remote control effective in solving security problems?
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Is remote control effective in solving security problems?

By: Chad Daniel Tumelty Editors note: Remote Control is a project hosted by the London-based think tank Oxford Research Group, set up to examine changes in military engagement, in particular the use of drones, special forces, private military companies and cyber warfare. They recently hosted an essay competition for participants in response to the question ‘Is remote control effective in … Continue reading

Controversy over interpreters reminder of failures in Afghanistan
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Controversy over interpreters reminder of failures in Afghanistan

By Alex Calvo: The fate of the almost 3,000 interpreters who worked with the British forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province has recently been highlighted in the media, prompting a debate about whether they should be allowed to settle in Great Britain. The interpreters fear reprisals and some have already suffered violence or even death in their native … Continue reading

Review: ‘Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars’ by Chris Woods
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Review: ‘Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars’ by Chris Woods

By Harris Kuemmerle: Chris Woods, Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars. London, UK: Hurst Publishers., 2015. Pages: 400. £20.00 (hardback). ISBN: 9781849044028.  The recent growth over the past decade in the scope and complexity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in warfare is remarkable not only for the immense pace by which the technology and procedural practices have matured, … Continue reading