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Counterinsurgency news and analysis from The Nation
May 11, 2022
Civic Engagement In an Age of Perpetual War
A conversation with Phil Klay about his new book
and the moral imperatives and ambiguities of civilian life amidst constant conflict.
December 17, 2020
How Homeland Security Blurs Jurisdictions
Fusion centers were established after 9/11 to facilitate the sharing of counterterrorism intelligence among different agencies.
January 3, 2019
Washington Trained Guatemala’s Mass Murderers—and the Border Patrol Played a Role
Now two Guatemalan children have died under Border Patrol custody. But the agency’s role in Latin American oppression has a long history.
December 4, 2018
George H.W. Bush, Icon of the WASP Establishment—and of Brutal US Repression in the Third World
Obituaries have transformed the terror that Bush inflicted, depicting it as heroism.
August 30, 2018
Syria’s Government Is Preparing a Climactic Attack on the Last Rebel Stronghold
“People are terrified. The battle for Idlib will be soaked in blood.”
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July 17, 2018
Special Operations Forces Continue to Expand Across the World—Without Congressional Oversight
Even Congress doesn’t know the extent of American military reach.
July 5, 2018
What Does It Mean to Give David Petraeus the Floor?
Some historians worry that giving the former general an invitation to keynote means giving him a pulpit.
June 20, 2018
Once Again, the Right Wing Wins in Colombia, Amid Divisions on the Left
But Gustavo Petro’s presidential candidacy was the most successful leftist campaign in modern Colombian history, after decades of isolation and political assassinations.
March 19, 2018
The Untold Story of My Lai: How and Why the Official Investigation Covered Up General Westmoreland’s Responsibility
The Pentagon’s policy, by clear inference if not explicit directive, was to treat civilians living in Communist-controlled areas as enemy combatants.
February 2, 2018
One Person’s Terrorist? Reflections on Zohra Drif’s Memoir of the Algerian Revolution
Is the civilian population of a colonial-settler regime ever a legitimate military target?
Bill Fletcher Jr.