Category Archives: Afghanistan

The RAND COIN Scorecard And The Irish War Of Independence

The RAND think tank, last year, came up with a “scorecard” method of reviewing counter-insurgency campaigns. The scorecard ranks a COIN campaign in terms of “good” and “bad” practices that take place by the actual COIN force and the insurgents … Continue reading

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I’m A Racist…Nah

I’d like to add an addendum to my post about the Oslo terror attacks from yesterday. Firstly, the spiking death toll is utterly shocking. Secondly, while I did not definitively state my opinion that an Islamic extremist group was behind the … Continue reading

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‎”I Dag Er Vi Alle Norske.”

Firstly, my sympathies and my condemnations. Secondly, to address something I’m seeing all over: this attack was almost certainly not motivated by the publication of the Muhammad cartoons that caused such a well-publicised ruckus the other year. While that might be a … Continue reading

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The US, Pakistan And Leverage

I see this kind of bizarre sentiment expressed by a lot of people over the last while, that the United States has somehow gained a measure of “leverage” over Pakistan as a result of the circumstances surrounding the death of … Continue reading

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Bin Laden: Some Brief Thoughts

Bin Laden’s death is a long time coming, and it is something that should be celebrated. One cannot begrudge the glee of Americans celebrating at Ground Zero today. But all of this celebration must be tinged with a degree of … Continue reading

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Libya: What Is Being Ignored

North Korea. Burma. Palestine. Basque counties and Catalonia. Columbia. Large parts of India. Indonesia. The Philippines. Laos. Kurdistan. Turkey. Uganda. The Congo. Chad. CAR. Sudan. Senegal. Somalia. Ethiopia. Algeria. Mali. Mauritania. Morocco. Nigeria. Iran. Pakistan. Thailand. Cambodia. Russia. Yemen. Ivory Coast. … Continue reading

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COIN: Not Dead, Only Sleeping

A lot has been made of the remarks of US Defence Secretary Robert Gates the other day, when he appeared to signal the end of the US’s focus on counter-insurgency and a drawdown on its armed forces. In particular, Gates seemed to draw a … Continue reading

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