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Al Qaeda In Africa | Interview with Robert Cassidy
AUDIO | Although the death of Osama bin Laden was a major blow to the terrorist group, al Qaeda,  it has found new life in Africa, where groups aligned with its goals and terrorist methods have created what NATO is calling an arc of instability stretching from West African into continent's Horn. We’ll talk with experts on this development and find out what’s at stake for the U.S.
Stars and Stripes
Budget woes threaten Pacific ‘pivot’ | quotes Lyle Goldstein
“I’m afraid we are speaking loudly and carrying a smaller stick,” said Lyle Goldstein, an associate professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
The Jerusalem Post
Blood lust in Pakistan | by Hayat Alvi
They’re targeted because they are ethnic Hazaras. No, they’re killed because they’re Shi’ites. No, Hazaras.  No, Shi’ites. This is an actual debate going on between those who wish to whitewash the sectarian hatred long brewing in Pakistan, and those who are cognizant of anti-Shi’ite hatred pervading among militant Sunni terrorist groups.
Beyond Headlines
Beating Back the Sharia Bullies in Mali | by Hayat Alvi
It’s amazing that some people protested against the French-led campaign in Mali.  Surely the French have a host of national interests in doing so, including sustaining ties to its former colony.  No one is naïve enough to believe that it was done out of true altruism.
Atlantic Council
Security Force Assistance: It's Not Just for Weak States | Derek Reveron
Doctrinally, security force assistance (SFA) is a set of activities to develop the capacity and capabilities of foreign security forces and their supporting institutions. We often associate SFA with weak states, where the United States enables partner countries such as Pakistan, Colombia, and Yemen to combat challenges that threaten their own security and regional stability.
World Politics Review
The Realist Prism: Energy Independence a Game-Changer for U.S. Defense Posture | by Nikolas Gvosdev
For the past 60 years, there has been convergence between the strategic logic of America's strategy of forward deployment in key regions of the world and the economic imperative of securing the nation's prosperity. Despite the constant protests on college campuses about "banana republics" and "no blood for oil," there was, in fact, generally a strong correlation between the places where the American military was engaged...
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Why We Lost Vietnam, Revisited | moderated by Mackubin Owens
AUDIO | Nearly four decades after the last American soldier left Vietnam, a debate still rages concerning the cause of the American defeat in that war.
Business Insider
America Is Basically Helpless Against The Chinese Hackers | quotes Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg
International law expert Dr. Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg told BI that the evidence that China violated America's intellectual property rights and sovereignty "is quite impressive." This could be sufficient to demand an international investigation.
Autonomous Weapon Systems and Their Regulation | Mentions Michael Schmitt and Jeffrey Thurnher
Back on December 11, 2012, I posted a special Readings page of links to articles, reports and other materials on autonomous weapon systems and their regulation.  It is updated periodically; I’ve just added new articles by Michael Schmitt and Jeffrey Thurnher, among several others.
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Lessons for US Foreign Policy from Early America | Lecture by Charles Edel
Charles Edel lectures at the National Liberty Museum on Lessons for US Foreign Policy from Early America: John Quincy Adams.
John Batchelor Show
Drone Warfare through History's Lens | interview with Michael Vlahos
Michael Vlahos, Naval War College, in re: Drone Killings vs Jefferson Davis's Partisan Ranger Act vs Franz Lieber's 1863 War Rules for Lincoln with John Batchelor.
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Not So Fast: Pyongyang’s Nuclear Weapons Ambitions | by Dana Struckman and Terence Roehrig
Once again, North Korea has reminded the world of its intention to develop a nuclear weapons capability. North Korea’s February 12 nuclear test is reported to have been in the six to ten kiloton (kt) range, a relatively modest yield in comparison to most nuclear weapons tests. As North Korea continues its efforts, it is important to consider the enormous difficulty that even developed states have encountered on their way to becoming members of the nuclear club.
U.S. Naval Institute
Spiking the Navy PME Rumor Mill | by Joan Johnson-Freese
With sequestration hovering like a black cloud, PME like everything in the Defense Department is under the hammer and in flux regarding present operations and future planning. Nobody knows quite what to expect and many decisions are beyond internal control.  Nevertheless, there are decisions being made or apparently being considered that are within Navy control that have PME faculty in a tailspin.

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