The Bahrain Red Line

03/16/2011
By Dr. Harald Malmgren 03/16/2011 - Underlying political instability in Bahrain is a fundamental conflict between the Sunni Arabs and the Shi'a Arabs. Bahrain is a Red Line for all Sunni royals and Sunni business and banking leaders in the Persian Gulf. Keep in mind that Bahrain is the banking…

Senate Ponders Iraq 2012

02/19/2011
Senate Ponders Iraq 2012 By Dr. Richard Weitz This is the latest in our Iraq 2012 series 02/18/2011 - As Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake note, there has been little Western commentary about how events in Tunisia and Egypt are affecting developments in Iraq. Yet, there have already been some…

Iraq: The Missing Piece in the “Arab Awakening”

02/06/2011
By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake The Blindside of U.S. Strategy in the Middle-East Photo Credit: Damir Sagolj, Iraq, Reuters, as posted in www.abc.net.au, December 2007 02/06/2011 - Notably absent from any Western commentary about the Tunisian and Egyptian “awakenings” is Iraq.  Yet Baghdad is only 806 miles or 1297…

Carabinieri Training In Iraq

01/28/2011
Italian Carabinieri Have Trained 9000 Iraqi Federal Police [slidepress gallery='italian-carabinieri-have-trained-9000-iraqi-federal-police'] Credit photos and text: Joint Force Command Naples, September 1st, 2010   01/29/2011 - Italian Maj. Gen. Claudio Angelelli, deputy commander of the NATO Training Mission-Iraq, and Italian Col. Mauro Isidori, who heads the NTM-I Gendarmerie Division, oversee training at…

Osprey: The Challenges of Maintenance In Iraq and Afghanistan

11/28/2010
An Update on the Osprey from New River (VI) [download PDF of full report] An Interview With Corporal Warshek And Sergeant Fante 11/28/2010 - Second Line of Defense in late August 2010 talked to Osprey maintainers at New River Air Station. One theme, which was discussed, was the challenge of…

Iraq 2012: Nuclear Security

10/28/2010
By Dr. Richard Weitz 10/29/2010 - [caption id="attachment_11352" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA (Credit Photo: IAEA)"][/caption] Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), faces a major challenge in seeking to prevent further nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. In addition to…

Iraq 2012: An Update in Perspective

07/07/2010
By Michael W. Wynne, 21st Secretary of the United States Air Force The United States has made a commitment to depart Iraq by the end of the year 2011, and planning is in full swing around the country to ‘Make it Happen.’  Bringing some perspective to this Strategic Withdrawal is…

The U.S. Double-Dare: Plus Up and Withdraw

12/07/2009
With the announcement of President Obama's Surge policy in Afghanistan and the addition of 30,000 extra-troops in a six-month framework, a key question was on the lips of many participants of Defense Logistics, the annual cross-service Logistics conference organized by Worldwide Business Research in Arlington, Virginia from November 30th to…