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Why the Islamic State Is Weathering the Air Campaign

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

On June 2, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken told France Inter radio that the U.S.-led air campaign against ISIS had killed 10,000 members in the nine months since the attacks began. This was undoubtedly a salvo in the information campaign against the extremist group, as well as an attempt to downplay the recent loss of Ramadi to the Islamic State.

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Why National Reputation Matters

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Thursday, June 11, 2015

The multipolar world that has emerged from the brief moment of American unilateralism following the end of the Cold War has pitted the United States against strategic competitors in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Taking advantage of American military and economic weakness, but more importantly acting on a very real perception that American policymakers are no longer capable of providing the leadership required to knit together a global order, Chinese, Russian, and Iranian leaders are busy carving out pieces of neighboring regions.

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The Patriot Act And The History Of American Code Breaking

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Thursday, June 4, 2015

The uproar over the recent failure of the Senate to renew several key provisions of the Patriot Act highlights the love/hate relationship that Americans have with their intelligence agencies. During periods of heightened international tension, Americans depend on their intelligence agencies to provide accurate forecasting and early warning of pending threats to national security.

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Whither NATO?

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Formed in 1949 in response to the onset of the Cold War, the purpose of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to British General Hastings Lionel Ismay, the first Secretary General of the alliance, was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” Sixty-five years after the creation of NATO, little it seems has changed with the exception...

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The Language of Power and Force

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Two and a half millennia ago during the ruinous conflict between Athens and Sparta, Thucydides recorded a conversation between Athenian negotiators and the representatives of the people of Melos, a Spartan colony that the Athenians wanted to bring into their orbit. In reply to Athenian demands, the Melians argued that justice demanded that the Athenians respect their right to remain neutral and at peace.

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American Leadership, Commitment, and Perseverance in the Middle East

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

U.S. disengagement from Middle Eastern affairs, highlighted by the Obama administration’s withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, its failure to lead an international stability force in Libya after the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime, and its unwillingness to enforce self-proclaimed red lines in Syria, has reduced U.S. influence in the region to an all-time low.

Cairo Punch 19, Hoover Institution Library.
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Strategika: “How to Defeat ISIS” with Peter Mansoor

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

How do we stop the next great terrorist threat?

Cairo Punch 19, Hoover Institution Library.
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Strategika: Issue 17: The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the ISIS Caliphate

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Can ISIS/Islamic State create a viable caliphate?

Cairo Punch 19, Hoover Institution Library.
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The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the ISIS Caliphate

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Friday, August 1, 2014

The recent seizure by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) of much of northern and western Iraq, along with its ongoing control of large swaths of eastern Syria, has reignited the question of the long-term goals of Islamist extremists. 

Strategika: “The More Wars Change, the More They Stay the Same” with Peter Mansoor

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Why the Technological Revolution May Not Change Warfare as Much as We Think.

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