Iraq

  • May 6, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    Chemicals weapons are in the news again following their use against civilians in Syria. Western audiences might most commonly associate chemical weapons with the first World War a century ago, but this week’s guest Narges Bajoghli shares stories from veterans of a more recent conflict – the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s. Narges Bajoghli is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University, … Read More

  • Banner with the title "Lessons Encountered: Learning From the Long War"

    Lessons for the Next President from America’s Wars of the 21st Century

    Joseph J. Collins, Ph.D., Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University Professor Collins’s research effort began with two questions from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs: what were the costs and benefits of our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and what were the strategic lessons from those conflicts. His presentation will cover the difficulty of learning from experience and then outline the strategic lessons derived from our experience in … Read More

  • Soldier placing American flag at the base of each stone in Arlington National Cemetery.

    Picks of the Week: Memorial Day

    General John Kelly’s Speech About Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb | Business Insider Those Left Behind: The Legacy of Arlington’s Section 60 | Reuters Honor the Fallen | Military Times As I write this, the sun is rising on the green woods behind my home.  My dog is lying on a chair next to me, snoring.  I’m well fed and I have enough to drink.  I … Read More

  • photo USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the South China Sea

    The Will to Fight

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stirred reaction in Baghdad and Washington this weekend when, in an appearance on CNN, he blamed the loss of Ramadi to an outnumbered force of ISIS militants on the Iraqi military’s apparent unwillingness to fight. It was a striking statement by a senior American official—and it was refreshing. Secretary Carter didn’t break news—even a casual observer of the Iraqi military’s previous fights with ISIS would … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Cybersecurity Education for Children and The Battle Against Extremists

    Cybersecurity Education K Through Life Growing Up in a Connected World | Fraud Avengers Security Education K Through Life | Dark Reading Professionalizing Cybersecurity: A path to universal standards and status | Pell Center The bottom line with cybersecurity is that no country, industry, community, or individual will ever be fully secure against cyber risks. This is because we simply cannot eliminate all the vulnerabilities inherent to a realm as … Read More

  • The Battle for Cyberspace, Climate Adaptation, and Iraq |Monday Reads

    China and America’s Battle in Cyberspace: Hyper or Reality? China and America’s Dangerous Battle in Cyberspace | The National Interest American Businesses in China Feel Heat of a Cyberdispute | The New York Times Five Myths About Chinese Hackers | The Washington Post New charges of Chinese military units conducting “targeted economic espionage campaigns” against U.S. and European industries are stirring up a cycle of accusation and counteraccusation between the … Read More

  • Iraq: Ten Years Later

    There is no decision more grave than a decision to go to war.  History has taught us, time and again, that once unleashed, the dogs of war have no master.  Unintended consequences abound.  And no plan survives first contact with the enemy. As we approach the ten year anniversary of the war in Iraq, those truisms—almost cliché—have to be uppermost in our minds when we talk about that war. The … Read More