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24 Sep 2013 description

By J. Stephen Morrison, Matt Fisher
Sep 23, 2013

03 Sep 2013 description

By Anthony H. Cordesman

If the U.S. takes action in Syria, it should not be on the basis of an abstract principle based on an arbitrary red line tied to the use of chemical weapons. The real level of suffering is vastly higher than the number of dead from chemical weapons would indicate, and any effort to use force – to create some kind of viable end state – must take that into account.

The Limited But Uncertain Lethality of Chemical Weapons

20 Nov 2012 description

The rights and wrongs that have led to the current crisis between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza are scarcely irrelevant, but almost all of the different arguments on each side have only one outcome. They all help lead to a degree of strategic paralysis that ensures no stable solution is possible to the crisis, that future tensions will rise, that Palestinians will suffer more because they are weak, and that Israelis will not become more secure simply because they are strong.

29 Jun 2011 description

By Anthony H. Cordesman, Andrew C. Gagel Jun 29, 2011

The Burke Chair has prepared two new reports on terrorism in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia: 2007-2010. These reports draw on unclassified US reporting by the National Counterterrorism Center and the US Department of State.

01 Mar 2011 description

"Find their worst grievances and deal with them"

By Anthony H. Cordesman

Mar 1, 2011

National security is normally seen in terms of military strength and internal security operations against extremists and insurgents. The upheavals that began in Tunis have highlighted the fact that national security is measured in terms of the politics, economics, and social tensions that shape national stability as well.

31 Jul 2006 description

By Anthony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy

Qana is more than a horrifying human tragedy. It is a brutal lesson in the changing nature of modern war. It is also a lesson that applies just as much to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the war on terrorism as it does to the fighting in Lebanon. The lesson is simple: limited wars must be fought in ways that give avoiding collateral damage and civilian casualties at least as much priority as destroying the enemy.