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Counterinsurgency news and analysis from The Nation
October 10, 2017
The Death of Che Guevara Declassified
A top-secret CIA memo shows that US officials considered his execution a crucial victory—but they were mistaken in believing Che’s ideas could be buried along with his body.
June 29, 2017
A US Military Officer Explains Why Another Surge in Afghanistan Is Not a Good Idea
No matter what, Surge 4.0 won’t change a fundamentally flawed strategic formula.
June 22, 2017
Will Last Year’s Peace Treaty Survive, or Is the Past Prologue in Colombia?
An interview with historian Robert Karl on the country’s violent demobilization.
June 21, 2017
Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror
Multiple air strikes on cities and the use of white phosphorus—a probable war crime—guarantee a growing death toll.
May 31, 2017
Ariana Grande Understands Counterterrorism Better Than Jim Mattis
Inclusiveness, not polarization, is the right approach.
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May 17, 2017
Trump Is Poised to Plunge Deeper Into the Afghan Quagmire
More US troops cannot stabilize the corrupt and despised government in Kabul.
Michael T. Klare
April 3, 2017
Trump Embraces the Most Repressive Dictator in Modern Egyptian History
President Sisi presents himself as a faithful ally in the war on terror, so Trump will ignore the tens of thousands he’s imprisoned.
Sharif Abdel Kouddous
March 9, 2017
I Was Part of the Iraq War Surge. It Was a Disaster.
The 2007 surge strategy wasn’t a success—and it’s not a template to follow.
December 13, 2016
Remembering El Mozote, the Worst Massacre in Modern Latin American History
For decades, justice was denied and survivors were afraid to talk. But recently an international court found the government guilty, and a local judge has reopened a case against the perpetrators.
Sarah Esther Maslin
October 7, 2016
Should Colombian President Santos Decline the Nobel Peace Prize?
That’s what Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho did in 1973. Whatever Santos does, let’s hope he uses the award to advance the cause of peace.