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Medals and Merit in the Age of Drone Warfare

Medals and Merit in the Age of Drone Warfare

Military awards for valor in the field are in many ways inseparable from our conception of military service. Recipients of awards like the US Congressional Medal of Honor have come to embody the very notion of the ideal soldier—one who brazenly risks life and limb to serve his country and fellow citizens. However, technological advancements,...
Kony 2014?

Kony 2014?

Nope, he’s not dead. Almost two years after the release of Jason Russell and Invisible Children’s “KONY 2012” video that made the Ugandan warlord a household name, Joseph Kony has reportedly reentered negotiations with the increasingly unstable Central African Republic. Kony’s stubborn refusal to die in spite of the 99 million views Invisible Children’s call...
Afghan-UK Relations: Fifteen Minutes with Ambassador Yaar

Afghan-UK Relations: Fifteen Minutes with Ambassador Yaar

Since the Communist coup in 1978, Afghanistan has been caught in an unending cycle of conflict, currently manifesting itself in the form of a continued struggle with the Taliban. Now, on the eve of the withdrawal of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and a presidential election in 2014, the country’s future remains highly indeterminate. During...
Syrian Spillover and the Changing Face of the Middle East

Syrian Spillover and the Changing Face of the Middle East

For days, isolated clashes between the Alawite and Sunni militias raged on through the city streets in reaction to an ambush carried out by pro-Assad forces. Gunfights erupted between communities in adjacent neighborhoods, leaving 17 dead and many more wounded. Despite the pangs of familiarity, this firefight occurred in neither Aleppo nor Damascus, nor anywhere...