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A never-ending conflict

The nature of U.S. state violence has changed quite dramatically over the past decade. As   the occupation of Afghanistan winds down, with some kind of “exit strategy” to be rolled out in 2014, many assume that the tide of … Continue reading

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U.S.-Chinese Naval Rivalries (and the drone) +UPDATE

An Op-Ed in the New York Times by Richard Parker discusses the U.S. Navy’s foray into unmanned aircraft technology  and the implications for relationship with China in the Pacific. This story has generated a lot of news recently, and that’s … Continue reading

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Peter Bergen reviews “The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth””

Blurb: “A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world’s dark spaces: the new American way of war”. Mark Mazzetti’s new book, “The Way … Continue reading

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The legal limits of the drone war

Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post report on the White House’s examination of the legal basis of its global war on terror. For over a decade now, the administration has relied upon a 2001 piece of congressional legislation called … Continue reading

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The Geopolitical Importance of the Ocean to the U.S. Drone Wars

While the U.S.’ program of extrajudicial-killings-by-drone is currently underwritten by a land-based infrastructure of remote outposts called “lily pads” that house a skeletal staff, the ocean will increasingly serve as a platform for launching remotely piloted planes. There are a … Continue reading

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Drone-on-Drone Warfare in the East China Sea?

Disputed islands in the East China Sea are likely to become a major geopolitical flashpoint in the near-future. Tokyo controls the islands and refers to them as Senkaku, while Beijing considers them Chinese territory and calls them Diaoyu. The controversy mirrors … Continue reading

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