Category Africa

Obama’s Libya Fiasco

Obama’s Libya Fiasco http://nationalinterest.org/ feature/obamas-libya-fiasco- 12045?page=show Why “Leading From Behind” Might Be The President’s Best Option Going Forward. Andrew J. Bowen January 16, 2015 Nearly four years ago, in a moment that electrified global audiences, the beleaguered Libyan strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi declared his intention to “cleanse Libya house by house” as part of his impending […]

What Do Boko Haram Want?

London Review of Books What Do Boko Haram Want? Adewale Maja-Pearce 15 January 2015 There is much talk here in Nigeria of the world’s muted response to the latest outrage by the Boko Haram Islamic insurgents who sacked the entire town of Baga in the beleaguered north-east while any number of heads of state gathered […]

Luke Somers And The End Of The Special Forces

Excerpt: And that is why special operations are such a poor indicator of anything other than themselves. A war can be broken down into dozens or hundreds of operations, each of which can be broken down into a hundred battles, and then down into company-level firefights, and so forth. Foreign policies-towards Russia, say, or Iran […]

A Recommended Agenda for the Next Secretary of Defense

Overview/Excerpt: Functional Issues ◾Improving Defense Acquisition ◾Budget Issues ◾More than Air-Sea Battle ◾Overcoming Bureaucratic Inertia and Next-war-itis Regional Issues ◾Middle East Security ◾Reinvigorating the Transatlantic Security Relationship ◾Managing Rising Powers in Asia A Recommended Agenda for the Next Secretary of Defense http://csis.org/publication/ recommended-agenda-next- secretary-defense By Andrew Philip Hunter, Ryan Crotty, Gregory Sanders, Maren Leed, Melissa […]

Why Did Hagel Have To Go?: By Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney, Jr. Why Did Hagel Have To Go? DEFENSE NOMINATION Articles: Frank Gaffney’s OpEds | November 24, 2014 | Appointments & Policymakers Email Print President Obama professed today strong appreciation for the service of his third Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. But if he was so appreciative, why exactly is Secretary Hagel about to […]

Namibia In Talks To Allow PLA Naval Base At Walvis Bay

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20141127000125 Namibia In Talks To Allow PLA Naval Base At Walvis Bay Staff Reporter 2014-11-27 15:50 (GMT+8) A PLA Navy escort task force makes a stop in Walvis Bay on June 11. (Internet photo) A PLA Navy escort task force makes a stop in Walvis Bay on June 11. (Internet photo) Lt Col Monica Sheya, […]

The ‘Caliphate’s’ Colonies: Islamic State’s Gradual Expansion Into North Africa

The ‘Caliphate’s’ Colonies: Islamic State’s Gradual Expansion Into North Africa http://www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Mirco Keilberth, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, and Christopher Reuter, writing in the November 18, 2014 edition of the International edition of the German newspaper/magazine — Der Spiegel, write that chaos, disillusionment, and oppression provide the perfect conditions for the Islamic State,” to spread its message […]