By Surinder K. Sharma and Anshuman Behera
New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-8274-754-8 Hardcover

Excerpt from the Foreword:
South Asia has been witnessing the proliferation of militant groups of all kinds for the last several decades. These militant groups defy national frontiers and often indulge in acts of violence, which have both regional and international ramifications. While some of these groups operate within the territorial limits of one particular country, many of them have international linkages and are transnational in character. They can be divided into different categories on the basis of their ideological orientation as well as their socio-political and economic objectives. This study, initiated by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, aims at collating information about important militant groups operating in the region. The book updates information on several of these groups and also widens the scope of the study to cover important militant groups operating in the entire region. The authors gather detailed information on the groups' genesis, ideology, objectives, cadre strength, training, alliance, areas of operation, leadership, funding sources, weapons they use, links with other militant groups, and their current status.

By: Bradley J. Strawser
Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, June 2014
Print ISBNs: 9781137432612 HB 9781137432629
Ebook ISBNs: 9781137432636 PDF 9781137432629 EPUB

Does the lethal use of drones pose any new or difficult moral problems? Or is the controversy over these weapons merely a distraction from deeper questions regarding the justice of war and the United States's bellicose foreign policy? Opposing Perspectives on the Drone Debate pulls no punches in answering these questions as five scholars square off in a lively debate over the ethics of drones and their contentious use in a point-counterpoint debate. The contributing authors are some of the foremost thinkers in international affairs today, spanning thedisciplines of philosophy, sociology, political science, and law. They debate topics ranging from the United States's contested policy of so-called "targeted killing" in Pakistan's tribal regions to fears over the damaging effects such weaponry has on our democratic institutions, to the more abstract moral questions raised by killing via remote control, such as the duty to capture over kill.


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Strategic Culture Partners or Competitors? The Evolution of the Department of Defense/Central
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by David P. Oakley
Issue Date: May 2014

To understand the historical and contemporary context of the CIA/DoD relationship, MAJ David Oakley drew on secondary sources for his initial academic research, which he supplemented with personal interviews, government documents, and written first-person accounts. His interviewees include two former chairmen of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and previous and current DoD and CIA leaders. Although the CIA and DoD relationship expanded significantly following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, its foundation was laid 10 years earlier in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm and the twilight glow of the Cold War. During this period, congressional policy decisions and organizational changes within both institutions increased the communication and liaison partnerships between the CIA and DoD, which enabled greater interoperability after 1992. These changes established conditions that have promoted the blossoming of the relationship since 2001.

Persistent Engagement in Colombia
by Mark Moyar, Hector Pagan, and Wil R. Griego
Issue Date: June 2014

In this monograph, Dr. Mark Moyar, Brigadier General (retired) Hector Pagan, and Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Wil R. Griego analyze U.S. Special Operations Forces' (SOF) assistance to Colombia in the context of decades of counterinsurgency and counternarcotics operations. While the case of Colombia is often cited as an exemplar of global SOF foreign engagement, the details of the engagement and the reasons for its success have not previously been addressed in a scholarly publication. This study represents the first comprehensive analysis of the persistent SOF engagement in Colombia. It draws on the collective wisdom of numerous U.S. and Colombian government personnel, and the authors' own decades of experience in Colombia and other countries where the United States has undertaken prolonged partnership. This monograph provides insights that should be valuable to any special operators involved in capacity-building endeavors. It also demonstrates once more the value of SOF in advancing U.S. security objectives through a global SOF network.

U.S. Military Deployments to Africa: Lessons from the Hunt for Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army
by James J.F. Forest
Issue Date: July 2014

Dr. James Forest's monograph explores lessons and observations from the recent U.S. SOF effort to help Ugandan and other African regional forces locate and apprehend Joseph Kony and members of the violent insurgent group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Dr. Forest examines the context behind the decision to deploy U.S. military advisors to the region and the significant public pressure placed on the Barack Obama administration to help stop the LRA's depredations. The author identifies four themes as important for the success or failure of future U.S. military deployments to sub-Saharan Africa: (1) preparations and logistics, (2) perceptions and expectations management, (3) partnerships and relationship management, and (4) policy and politics. He argues that in the case of Uganda it is critical that any successes derived from collaborative operations must be owned by the Ugandans. Dr. Forest's concluding chapter offers some thoughts about further research and implications for policy and SOF education. This report makes a meaningful contribution to the effectiveness of future U.S. SOF teams deploying to sub-Saharan Africa.

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