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    delusions of significance

    It is a concisely framed partial restatement of an inadequate argument that has been around for a while.

    That argument can be traced back to objections to the Truman Doctrine. In that reality...
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    defensible decisions made in ignorance

    This thread comes close to something that I'm worrying.
    At the end of my undergrad I spent some time studying game theory.

    I stopped studying it and went and did a MA in political philosophy...
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    almost to the canada border...

    Pretty standard fare on the civvie side. The US has this habit of trying to teach foreigners to love the US by bringing them stateside for education rather than by educating them in situ. Visa...
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    Poll: do cowboys make indians?

    I'm picking up on an old thread here...this is RTK commenting on the 28 articles...



    Has anybody had a good look at the effect sending our young men into the field, who will do the sorts of...
  5. Thread: On Powerpoint

    by ptamas
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    bad links or outside access denied?

    the links don't work for me...is that because I'm outside?
  6. performance and effects

    The measures of effectiveness bit is something most organizations I've seen struggle with. In most cases they have awful proxy indicators sometimes chased by people who don't understand their link to...
  7. definitely worth a read...and not only for those who work in Afganistan

    A telling study. Just read it once and I have not found the holes yet...that will likely show up later as edits to this post.


    From an academic perspective it is a very well executed article.
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    more please

    Could you expand a bit please? I think I'm seeing a move to a totally different relationship between fielded soldiers and (pick one or many) locals, their mission and the chain of command.
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    mission creep and locally rooted solutions.

    How am I off base here….

    I'm curious to know what happens when realizing mission objectives requires forms of local engagement that are functional to mission creep.

    This is a long standing...
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    beligerents - in of and from the population...

    [/QUOTE]

    What assumptions does this make about the relationship between guerrillas and the population? In Peru they apparently didn't so much step over a threshold that rendered them susceptible...
  11. About 10 years ago I was at a conference on...

    About 10 years ago I was at a conference on religion and development at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa sponsored by a retired Jesuit who was then the Vice President. A Thai...
  12. pope dwight

    None taken.
    The first thing that gets me concerned is when folks think they have a universal truth (today this would be secular liberalism) and act on that basis.

    quote from a paper I wrote in...
  13. operationalizing religion

    In fragile states circles there is a lot of talk about disaggregating the state...pulling apart all the different functions, practices and belief that make up a sovereignty. This seems to be part of...
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    amen on the dangers of the easily measured.

    I vote for the exercise being dangerous cause it produces media/politician friendly numbers.

    e.g.
    what kind of environment are you positing?
    In Afghanistan COIN personnel walk around with...
  15. Thread: Resilience

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    relisiance, dependency and standing up local government

    The notion of resilience, the ability and inclination for collective response to an external impact that damages or destroys formal institutions, is useful. Yes, the construct has been around for a...
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    You should covered under fair use for educational...

    You should covered under fair use for educational purposes.
    for more info:
    http://www.infotoday.com/IT/jun08/Pike.shtml
    http://copyright.syr.edu/uses.php

    The field is a mess and it is a few...
  17. Tell me. Just finishing up a project for the...

    Tell me.
    Just finishing up a project for the CIDA ATF. They are enormously paranoid about ATIP. That aside, they appear in may ways to be structurally unable to hear frank critique, even when...
  18. RFI comparing tactical COIN and Asset Based Community Development

    Hello

    I'm putting a paper together mostly for an NGO/development crowd. The itch I'm scratching is a tendency in those circles to see soldiers and soldiers' work in conflict and post-conflict as...
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    SMEs and SMEs

    I'm not sure what to make of the need to ensure that you hire instructors who have the right content.

    I'm doing some work in the Canadian Forces right now. I'm one of those PhDs with no field...
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