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by / on May 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm / in Africa, Cover Story, Current Issue

Burning Up and Burning Down – Tracing the Flames of Ethnic Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire and Burundi

…by Once praised as West Africa’s “beacon of stability,” Côte d’Ivoire shocked the world when its bloody civil war erupted in 2002. The unrest ultimately killed over 1,000 people, according to Freedom House. What sparked this conflict and propagated the violence? I argue that the main cause of violence in the 2002 Ivorian Civil War was elites’ strategic manipulation of ethnic identity—specifically, the concepts of ivoirit é and nordistes. I pre…

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by / on October 29, 2010 at 7:27 pm / in Allegiance of College Editors, Interview

Mark Rudd — Activism and the Weather Underground

…but I’ll let that slide for a second. We saw ourselves as soldiers, and all soldiers consider the costs of war to be necessary. The justification for revolutionary wars is to stop a larger violence, the violence of the system. In Vietnam, our government was murdering millions of people (3-5 million, according to the American Friends Service Committee). When you’re in despair, as I was, it’s not easy to know what the exact right…

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by / on December 8, 2015 at 12:50 am / in Middle East, Most Recent Column, Web Columnists, World, World

The Challenges of Limited War 2.0

…have been no serious calls for full-scale engagement in the region either.  This reflects a new understanding of war, one shaped by both the prolonged conflicts of the past and a continued belief that America needs to be a global leader. The path to this point can be traced to the aftermath of the Korean War, when a debate ensued about the future of armed intervention. Two dueling positions emerged from this debate: the “never-again” and “limited…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 5:06 am / in Content, Issue, National Security

New History, Old History

…nown unknowns” and a “war like none other our nation has faced.” In a 2001 op-ed article entitled “A New Kind of War,” Rumsfeld wrote, “Even the vocabulary of this war will be different. When we ‘invade the enemy’s territory,’ we may well be invading his cyberspace … Forget about ‘exit strategies’; we’re looking at a sustained engagement that carries no deadlines … ‘Battles’ will be fought by customs officers.” Suddenly, it seemed sustained milit…

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by / on December 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, National Security, New York, World

Constant Vigilance

…Such expenditure of blood and treasure has brought the U.S. neither peace nor peace of mind. The reason is that war is an impractical instrument for use in the fight against terrorists. Audrey Cronin, Professor of Strategy at the U.S. National War College, writes in her book How Terrorism Ends that “There is no reason to believe that the application of even more overwhelming military force, even if it were available, would end the al-Qaeda…

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by / on October 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Is There a War on Coal?

…epublicans allege a Democratic “War on Religion” and now this “War on Coal”. In the American context, there is a War on Terror, a War in Afghanistan, and a War on Drugs…but that is it. There is no “war” being waged against women, religion, or coal. Labeling the policies and ideologies of the other side (which, as noted above, is one of the few bipartisan efforts) as a “war” is not only untrue and condemnably venomous but it also devalues the wars…

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by / on November 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm / in Op-Ed, Opinion, World

Political Expedience and the Afghan War

by As the U.S. efforts in Afghanistan continue, one hears pundits muttering about how the Afghan War is arguably the longest war in the history of the United States. Whether it’s actually true or not, one thing is for certain, and that’s that this war has gone on for far too long—nine years after the first invasion, and yet we’re still in combat mode? Something must be wrong. And something absolutely is. Last week it was reported that…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm / in Asia, Fall 2013, World

The Raucous Caucasus

…n separatists declared control of NK and parts of Azerbaijan. By this point, Armenia and Azerbaijan were in open war. As the Soviet Union broke up, many garrisoned Soviet troops, left without pay and no way to return home, sold off their equipment to both sides. During the course of the war, Armenian and NK forces pushed the Azerbaijani Army out of territory west and south of the enclave. Later Azerbaijani counteroffensives took some of the terri…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm / in Europe, Issue, World

A Fresh Order of Domino Theory

…d as aggression or expansionism, then Western involvement in the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghan Wars must also be labeled as such. Furthermore, whereas the Warsaw Pact substantiated a Soviet response, the West had no such concrete legal justification for its interventions. To be clear, I am not defending the atrocities that occurred in Hungary. I am identifying factors contributing to a Russian foreign policy, guided by historica…

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by / on October 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm / in Asia, First Person, Issue, World

Memory and Pacifism

…not ease the burden of the bases on the Okinawans. To some, Okinawa is a ghostly reminder of the devastations of war. “Just looking at these pictures terrifies me,” an old woman said, partly to herself, while looking at a photo of a wounded Okinawan child at an exhibition in Naha City. “War is terrifying. Terrifying.” She repeated this for a while and sat down on a chair nearby, exhausted. Her occupation was to tell war stories to youths like me….

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