Book Review: In the Warlords’ Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban

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In the Warlords’ Shadow, written by Daniel Green, examines the effect of the Village Stability Operations program in the fight against the Taliban insurgency in southern Afghanistan. This first hand account gives a detailed explanation of the challenges faced by U.S. Special Forces embedded throughout Uruzgan province and how they were able to achieve success. […]

New Super Weapons – Changing the Status Quo

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The Russian President recently announced a number of high-tech weapons during his annual address to the nation. Using a combination of speed, delivery methods and size, these weapons have the ability to deliver extremely large payloads and are aimed at defeating current missile defence systems. Although some doubt remains about just how developed some of these new capabilities are, […]

Book Review – Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror

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Blood Year, written by David Kilcullen, captures the events leading up to and following the 2014 crisis in the Middle East. The book analyses key occurrences surrounding the emergence of ISIS and how the West made several strategic errors enabling the spread of the self-proclaimed caliphate. Blood Year also investigates the importance of Russian involvement […]