PRISM The Reviews
CCO’s most recent PRISM issue is online now! This issue is a compilation of previously published book reviews, and is intended to serve as a resource and baseline for scholars and educators in the field of complex operations. The titles cover a wide range of issues, including reconstruction, stabilization, irregular warfare, domestic politics, and statebuilding. The collection of 36 book reviews includes Fred Kaplan’s well-read The Insurgents, Henry Crumpton’s The Art of Intelligence, the recently published thriller Ghost Fleet by P.W. Singer and August Cole, and Dr. Collins’ Understanding the War in Afghanistan. Become part of the debate--see what readers have to say about these noteworthy publications!
A Case For Pragmatic, Minimalist Approaches to the Afghanistan War
August 25, 2015
- Published in Small Wars Journal
Given the accelerated counterinsurgency warfare being waged by the weak Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) against the Taliban, a complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan would be imprudent. First, doing so could undermine U.S. credibility in the Middle East and South Asia because, as a great power, the United States cannot afford to lose wars. Second, a complete withdrawal is ill-advised in light of the fact that the strategic calculus in the Middle East still remains fraught with uncertainties. For these reasons, the United States should take a minimalist but effective approach in an effort to contain the spread of jihad in Afghanistan if it hopes to retain its influence in the Middle East.
Nigeria's Justice System Needs Reform, Not Expansion
July 22, 2015 -
Published in IPI Global Observatory
The governor of Nigeria’s Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, claimed that a suicide bombing that killed about 40 people in the city of Zaria earlier this month could have been prevented if Nigeria had a larger police force. This is a domestic policy that new Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is reportedly considering as he attempts to end the Boko Haram insurgency. However, merely employing more officers without reforming the country’s police force and prison system would be ineffective at best, and could even empower extremists.
From the Chairman: An Interview with Martin E. Dempsey
On January 7, 2015, Dr. R.D. Hooker, Jr., Director of Research and Strategic Support at the National Defense University (NDU), and Dr. Joseph J. Collins, Director of the Center for Complex Operations in the Institute for National Strategic Studies, interviewed General Dempsey at NDU. Giorgio Rajao and Joanna E. Seich transcribed the interview.
Chad's Veil Ban Risks Increasing Radicalisation
July 9, 2015 -
Posted in African Arguements
Last month’s twin suicide bombings in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena were met with rapid international condemnation from French, Nigerian, and American diplomatic envoys. In response to the attack, Chad redoubled its efforts against the insurgency, reportedly engaging in an air raid against the terrorist organization’s camps within Nigerian territory, destroying six bases and killing several militants.
Responses Fall Short as Violence Displaces More Nigerians
June 11, 2015
— Published in IPI Global Observatory
Earlier this week, reports surfaced of the terrible conditions facing Nigerian refugees in Cameroon’s Minawao refugee camp. The refugees reported arming themselves with “bows and arrows and makeshift rifles” and fleeing their homes to avoid being slaughtered by the extremist group Boko Haram. They crossed into Cameroon only to face hunger and thirst.