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Air assault in Ghazni province Afghanistan, courtesy of Dvidshub
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Winning Trust under Fire

29 Jan 2015 Security Watch

When dealing with Iraqi and Afghan stakeholders, how did US forces manage to build and maintain trust? In today's analysis, Aaron Bazin credits confidence-building measures that were both incremental & culturally sensitive. More on «Winning Trust under Fire»


Financial Oversight, courtesy of  Truthout.org
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America's Strategic Position at the Dawn of 2015

30 Jan 2015 Security Watch

The United States has not entered 2015 in a state of terminal decline, argues War on the Rocks’ Ali Wynne. In fact, there is still no country or coalition of states that can replace it as the foundation stone of an increasingly complex and uncertain world order. More on «America's Strategic Position at the Dawn of 2015»


Way for Ebola treatment unit sites, courtesy of US Army Africa
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Preventive Medicine: Ebola and Security Sector Reform in Liberia

29 Jan 2015 Security Watch

Theo Lipsky thinks that the US military’s anti-Ebola mission in Liberia should teach us an important lesson about security sector reform (SSR) in fragile states. As he sees it, SSR isn’t merely just about establishing stability – it’s also about building the capacity to respond to any crisis. More on «Preventive Medicine: Ebola and Security Sector Reform in Liberia»