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Counterinsurgency news and analysis from The Nation
January 4, 2018
A New Map Shows the Alarming Spread of the US War on Terror
American counterterrorism forces are in far, far more countries than you realize.
December 6, 2017
In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas, Collective Punishment Is the Law of the Land
Civilians here, who live under an outdated colonial regime, have been terrorized by US drone strikes and extremist Islamists for many years.
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.
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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.
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.