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Ever since the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, U.S. foreign policy towards Central and South America has been geared towards intervention—a trend exacerbated by growing Soviet influence during the Cold War. Numerous attempts during the Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon era to remove Cuban leader Fidel Castro by force, along with forceful interventions in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala during the […]

Engagement with Cuba is the Key to Greater U.S. Influence in Latin America was originally published on Global Security Review.

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Three days before the 121st Independence Day of the Philippines—June 12th, 2019—a Chinese-flagged vessel rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea.  When news of the incident broke, Filipinos took to social media to express their outrage. According to a report published by Business Insider, “The […]

Renewed Tensions Between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea was originally published on Global Security Review.

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History is repeating itself in Afghanistan. Proxy wars and great power politics have returned to Afghanistan. Afghanistan is once again at the center stage of regional and global rivalries over influence for a variety of geostrategic interests and the quest for resources. This time unlike the past, there are many players including nearly all of […]

A Game as Old as Empire: The Return of Proxy Wars in Afghanistan was originally published on Global Security Review.

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With the advent of the twenty-first century came differing classifications of national security threats and a shifting order of strategic preeminence. The risk of extremism and consistent alienation of citizens in European countries have both expanded and diversified. Some European Union member states in the EU require security sector reforms and the replacement of old […]

The Shifting Dynamics of Britain’s National Security Threats was originally published on Global Security Review.

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With a potential peace settlement on the horizon, much will depend on the prospects and challenges for the integration of Taliban battlefield commanders and fighters into the ranks of the Afghan military, police, and security service—else they could become a significant source of instability, igniting a new conflict by morphing into another splinter group or […]

Frenemies: Prospects and Challenges for the Military Integration of the Taliban into the Afghan Security Forces was originally published on Global Security Review.

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For the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the National People’s Army, strategic positioning is key to spreading influence from the organization’s core to the grassroots level. NPA tactics of dispersal, concentration, and shifting can be viewed from two perspectives: in line with their activities or ideological, political, and organizational (IPO) efforts […]

CPP-NPA and the Duterte Administration: Realpolitik in Insurgency and Terrorism was originally published on Global Security Review.

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Tehran wants a war. President Trump should show restraint. The Iranian government’s recent announcement that it would surpass previously-agreed-upon uranium enrichment limits should come as no surprise. In fact, the regime’s scattered mining efforts in the Persian Gulf, as well as the recent downing of a U.S. military RQ-4A Global Hawk drone were long forthcoming. […]

The U.S. Should Avoid a Direct Military Confrontation with Iran was originally published on Global Security Review.

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Back in 2004, when Afghan and American generals were laying the foundations for the post-Taliban Afghan army and security forces the number one question in the minds of everybody around the table was “who will pay for it?”  In those days, it was assumed the burden would fall on the United States and its allies, […]

Continue reading Economizing Defense: A Roadmap for Building Sustainable Afghan Security Forces on Global Security Review...

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How severe is the standoff between the parliament and the president? After President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as Ukraine’s sixth president, his first order of business was to dissolve the current parliament. Zelenskiy announced this move in his inaugural address; a strategic move meant to capitalize upon his present popularity in the hopes of […]

Continue reading President of Ukraine Moves to Disband Parliament on Global Security Review...

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A day after Aljazeera published a piece on Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), whose Twitter users were targeting Iranian scholars, academics, and journalists in favor of dialogue between the U.S. and Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif mentioned Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, in a tweet. Zarif sarcastically asked Dorsey if, instead of shutting down the accounts of real pro-regime […]

Continue reading Iran’s Fragile Moments of Democracy May Not Survive the Propaganda Bots on Global Security Review...

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