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    Entry 27: One Chapter on Obama Begets Two

    Editor’s Note: This is the 27th installment in Van Jackson’s daily writing journal, “Nuke Your Darlings,” which tracks his six-month battle to write a new book on North Korea. Will…

    Turkey’s Bluster on Afrin: More Than Meets the Eye

    The Turkish government has threatened to invade Afrin, a Kurdish-dominated enclave in northwestern Syria. What explains this impending escalation in Syria’s internationalized civil war? The Turkish threat follows a U.S.…

    What Makes a Reliable Ally? A Fresh Perspective on NATO, Strategic Culture and Collective Defense

    “There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.” –Winston Churchill What is the value of an alliance? Early remarks by senior Trump…

    Reforming the ‘Use It or Lose It’ Problem in Defense Acquisition

    Last year, a congressional hearing addressed “the military hovering aircrafts at the end of runways just to burn off fuel and soldiers sent to the shooting range sometimes for an…

    Entry 26: One Fight at a Time

    Editor’s Note: This is the 26th installment in Van Jackson’s daily writing journal, “Nuke Your Darlings,” which tracks his six-month battle to write a new book on North Korea. Will…

    In Search of Accountability at Sea: The Precedents for the Navy’s Case Against Benson and Sanchez

    News that the Navy may file charges against Cmdrs. Bryce Benson and Alfredo Sanchez traveled fast on Tuesday. The charges faced by the two former commanders and four others include…

    Xi Jinping and His Generals: Curiouser and Curiouser

    It was reported this week that Chinese general Fang Fenghui was “transferred to the military prosecution authority on suspicion of offering and accepting bribes.” Fang had reportedly been under investigation…

    Blue-Haired Soldiers? Just Say No

    A generation of easy victories over weak opponents has encouraged the notion that future wars require a new type of warrior. Along these lines, Jacquelyn Schneider recently proposed that the…

    Entry 25: Stacking Ammo to Take Down the Chapters

    Editor’s Note: This is the 25th installment in Van Jackson’s daily writing journal, “Nuke Your Darlings,” which tracks his six-month battle to write a new book on North Korea. Will…

    Baghdad Must Seize the Chance to Work With Iraq’s Tribes

    Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a series, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Institute of Peace, on the challenges faced by a post-ISIL Iraq. Read the first…

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