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Why the Kerry-Karzai Afghan Security Deal Won’t Work

Why the Kerry-Karzai Afghan Security Deal Won’t Work

October 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

HUFFINGTON POST 10/17/13 By Michael Shank The Bilateral Security Agreement deal, forged by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, will be quickly undone since the U.S. is not focused on the right kind of settlement. Attacks on Afghan officials in the last week show how […]

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With Raids, Obama Renews Limited Force Doctrine

With Raids, Obama Renews Limited Force Doctrine

October 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

AFP 10/07/13 WASHINGTON (AFP) – By ordering risky raids against Islamic extremists in Somalia and Libya, US President Barack Obama has shown a renewed readiness to use force while trying to keep the scope limited. The twin commando operations in the lawless African states came even while the US government […]

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To Stop Al-Shabab, Help Somali People

To Stop Al-Shabab, Help Somali People

September 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

USA TODAY 9/23/13 By Michael Shank Focus on African security missing development needs. Last month, at the beginning of a trip to Somalia, my twitter feed started buzzing with breaking news about explosions in Mogadishu. A local rebel group, al-Shabab, claimed credit. Their tactic was fairly unsophisticated: break the Ramadan […]

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Does the U.S. Have a Moral Imperative in Syria?

Does the U.S. Have a Moral Imperative in Syria?

September 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

WASHINGTON POST 09/05/13 By Michael Shank There are three fallacies floating around Washington regarding a war with Syria, rhetoric that has the potential to dangerously dictate how Congress will determine authorization.  A failure to address these fallacies, furthermore, puts us squarely on the cusp of another intractable war, one that […]

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10 Syria Questions for John Kerry and Chuck Hagel

10 Syria Questions for John Kerry and Chuck Hagel

September 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/03/13 By Michael Shank This week, as members of Congress queue to ask Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, questions about Syria and about the Obama administration’s […]

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Quakers ‘Scrambling’ to Discourage Syria Bombing

Quakers ‘Scrambling’ to Discourage Syria Bombing

August 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/28/13 By Steven Nelson The advocacy group representing the Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers, is hastily appealing for calm ahead of what it fears is an imminent U.S. military strike on Syria, which is two years into a civil war. “The […]

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Finding Hope in Somalia

Finding Hope in Somalia

August 20, 2013 at 9:18 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/20/13 By Michael Shank As Doctors Without Borders announced last week that they’re quitting Somalia after 20-plus years in the country due to an increase in violent attacks, the need for new solutions to this crisis is key. The answer to the rebel group al-Shabaab’s […]

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Somalia on the Brink

Somalia on the Brink

August 16, 2013 at 11:29 pm

THE DAILY BEAST 08/16/13 By Michael Shank Despite the news that Doctors Without Borders is quitting Somalia after 20-plus years in the country, due to an increase in violent attacks, the biggest war waged in Somalia right now is not between the rebel group al-Shabaab, the fledging government of Somalia, […]

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My Surprising, Startling Experience in Somalia This August

My Surprising, Startling Experience in Somalia This August

August 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm

FOX NEWS 08/16/13 By Michael Shank When Americans think of Somalia, famine or violence comes to mind — a fair perception because the country has suffered both — or they think of the movie “Black Hawk Down” about U.S. attacks in Mogadishu. The reality in Mogadishu, however, and throughout Somalia, […]

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Getting Stability and Reconstruction Ops Right…the Next Time

Getting Stability and Reconstruction Ops Right…the Next Time

July 27, 2013 at 12:13 am

TIME 07/26/12 By Rep. Steve Stockman I am the sponsor of a recently introduced bill, H.R. 2606, along with my colleague Peter Welch, Democrat of Vermont, calling for the establishment of a U.S. Office of Contingency Operations. Why is this necessary? Bluntly speaking, the way the United States currently plans […]

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