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

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

ISIS and its conduct of war: interview with Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel
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ISIS and its conduct of war: interview with Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel

By: Annabelle Vuille Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel is the founder and head of the Swiss think tank Institut für Strategische Studien [Institute for Strategic Studies]. He has taught strategic studies at the Military Academy of the ETH Zürich and holds the title of honorary professor in the same field at the University of Zürich. … Continue reading

IDPs in Iraq and the progress of the Islamic State: An interview with Hebatalla Taha (IISS)
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IDPs in Iraq and the progress of the Islamic State: An interview with Hebatalla Taha (IISS)

By: Jack Curran-Persell Hebatalla Taha is a Research Analyst for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London where she focuses on the Middle-East and North Africa. Jack Curran-Persell: Earlier this month, you wrote a very interesting article for IISS on the situation for IDPs in Iraq. With the UN estimating over 3 million Iraqis have … Continue reading

From the frontline against IS: playing the waiting game with the Kurdish Peshmerga
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From the frontline against IS: playing the waiting game with the Kurdish Peshmerga

By Christiaan Triebert: Christiaan Triebert recently returned from the frontline between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. This is his account of his time with the Peshmerga.  *** “Get the brothers ready for tonight’s position.” “Yes I will, inshallah.” “Inshallah.” A group of Peshmerga soldiers stand around a walkie-talkie. They listen to the Arabic … Continue reading