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Countering Others' Insurgencies | RAND

  • By
  • Sameer Lalwani,
  • New America Foundation
July 30, 2014 |
This study examines the counterinsurgency strategies and practices adopted by threatened regimes and the conditions under which U.S. "small-footprint" partnerships are likely to help these governments succeed.

Selective Leviathans: Explaining State Strategies of Counterinsurgency and Consolidation | Précis

  • By
  • Sameer Lalwani,
  • New America Foundation
July 30, 2014 |
IN THE SECOND HALF of the twentieth century, civil wars eclipsed inter–state war as the "far greater scourge" in terms of death toll, duration, and occurrence and with it, a host of new conflict puzzles emerged. One puzzling feature is that many states seem to defy normative, political, or strategic incentives and choose costly, heavy–handed, counterinsurgency methods, producing high levels of violence and civilian casualties.

TRANSCRIPT: The Islamic State: A Persistent Threat

July 29, 2014
Though the challenges to American interests in the Middle East could hardly be more complex or interrelated, I will attempt to focus sharply on the danger posed by the so-called Islamic State, which today controls approximately 30 percent of Syria and significant portions of Iraq.
 

Syrian Civil Society Strives to Rebuild Communities | Syria Deeply

July 29, 2014
New America Foundation's Leila Hilal describes how local councils have tried to manage and rebuild Syrian communities.

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Bloggingheads TV Discussion between Robert Wright and Lisa Goldman | Bloggingheads.tv

July 29, 2014
New America's Robert Wright and Lisa Goldman discuss the Gaza conflict. Click here to watch the discussion.
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