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LESSONS ENCOUNTERED: Learning from the Long War 
Lessons Encountered: Learning from the Long War began as two questions from General Martin E. Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: What were the costs and benefits of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what were the strategic lessons of these campaigns? The Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University was tasked to answer these questions. The editors composed a volume that assesses the war and analyzes the costs, using the Institute’s considerable in-house talent and the dedication of the NDU Press team. The audience for this volume is senior officers, their staffs, and the students in joint professional military education courses—the future leaders of the Armed Forces. Other national security professionals should find it of great value as well.

SOF Role in Combating Transnational Organized Crime
Center for Complex Operations' Michael Miklaucic authored the concluding chapter on World Order or Disorder: The SOF Contribution in a new Joint Special Operations University publication titled, SOF Role in Combating Transnational Organized Crime, edited by William Mendel and Dr. Peter McCabe.  

Bring Back Chibok Girls Only Start of Nigeria's Challenge 
25 April, 2016 - By Hilary Matfess in The Global Observatory
More than two million people have fled their homes throughout northeast Nigeria since 2009, largely as a result of Boko Haram raids on their communities. The majority of the able-bodied displaced population are women and girls. Female-headed households have also become more common, as the males are being killed by violence. In light of renewed advocacy for the more than 270 girls abducted from the town of Chibok two years ago, it must be recognized that the task at hand is much larger than rescuing this one group. Boko Haram is holding many more women and girls captive, and those who escape or are rescued lack adequate humanitarian assistance, and are often subjected to sexual abuse and face significant obstacles to re-entering society.

How the Left Blew it in Latin America
21 April, 2016 - By Doug Farah in the Miami Herald
In the end, the populist revolutionaries who swept to power in Latin America a decade ago proved to be worse than the corrupt oligarchs they replaced. Instead of ushering in a new day of good governance and transparency, the Bolivarian revolution is fizzling out under the weight of its own massive corruption, ties to organized crime, intolerance and megalomania.

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Chibok Girls - Do we really care?
March 31, 2016  - By Hilary Matfess in IRNI
The world united in a campaign to demand #BringBackOurGirls after the abduction of the Chibok school girls two years ago by the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram. But there has been next to nothing in the way of support to the women that have managed to escape the militants.

Unbroken Boko Haram
March 21, 2016 - By Hilary Matfess, Peter Lewis and Nathaniel Allen in Foreign Affairs.
After less than a year in office, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is claiming significant progress against Boko Haram. Buhari has shifted the base of military operations from Abuja, the capital, to the northeastern city of Maiduguri, coordinated military efforts with other armed forces in the region, and sought better cooperation with the United States and the United Kingdom on intelligence and assistance. His administration has also attempted to crack down on corruption in the security establishment. 

Interorganizational Cooperation III of III
2nd Quarter JFQ 2016 - By James McArthur and Dale Erickson et al.  
This article completes a trilogy on interorganizational cooperation—with a focus on the joint force perspective. The first article discussed civilian perspectives from across the U.S. Government and their challenges in working with the military and highlighted the potential benefits of enhancing unity of effort throughout the government.1 The second article presented humanitarian organization perspectives on interfacing with the military and served to illuminate the potential value of increased candor and cooperation as a means to develop mutually beneficial relationships.2 In this final installment, the discussion focuses on how the joint force might assess and mitigate the issues raised by the first two articles through application of the joint doctrine development process.3 This article also explores how joint doctrine can assist in developing and sustaining the relationships that are essential for building effective and cooperative processes in the operational environment. Although the authors accept that cultures and missions vary widely among different types of organizations, we suggest there is a mutual benefit to be achieved from deep understanding of not only one’s own organization but also each other’s perspectives, methods, and structures.

Interorganizational Cooperation II of III 
1st Quarter JFQ 2016 - By James McArthur and Dale Erickson et al.  
Recent observations from U.S. military involvement in major combat operations in Iraq, counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, and humanitarian assistance in the United States, Haiti, and West Africa provide critical lessons for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to consider for future joint force development.  

Call For Papers

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a forthcoming 2016 issue which will be focused on Africa. 

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