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Frenemies: Prospects and Challenges for the Military Integration of the Taliban into the Afghan Security Forces

With a potential peace settlement on the horizon, much will depend on the prospects and challenges for the integration of Taliban battlefield commanders and fighters into the ranks of the Afghan military, police, and security service—else they could become a significant source of instability, igniting a new conflict by morphing into another…
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CPP-NPA and the Duterte Administration: Realpolitik in Insurgency and Terrorism

For the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the National People's Army, strategic positioning is key to spreading influence from the organization's core to the grassroots level. NPA tactics of dispersal, concentration, and shifting can be viewed from two perspectives: in line with their activities or ideological, political, and…
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The Taliban Peace Calculus

For the Taliban, the ongoing peace talks are a quest for political legitimacy and a political tactic—not a strategy—to end the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban consider direct negotiations with the United States in Qatar and elsewhere as a platform for national and international recognition rather than a true path to a peaceful end to the Afghan…
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Haftar Ante Portas Tripoli

After a relatively easy advance through the southern and central parts of Libya, the country's renegade general now has the capital in his sights.Up until the Libyan National Army (LNA) reached the southern outskirts of Tripoli, the campaign somewhat resembled a sneak attack. The LNA is lead by General Khalifa Haftar, an ex-Libyan Army officer…
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