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Defining “success” in proxy arming: the Afghanistan case

As expected, my recent post on arming Syria’s rebels (see here) generated a bit of debate among Notes on the Periphery readers. Danny, among others, made an important conceptual point: in assessing the “success” of four past cases of proxy … Continue reading

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Arming Syria’s rebels: Will it work?

After two years of cautious restraint, the Obama administration has reportedly directed the Central Intelligence Agency to begin supplying and distributing small arms and ammunition to elements of the Syrian opposition. What pushed President Obama over the edge? The answers … Continue reading

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Syria/Bosnia, Part II: Islamic Fighters

My last post in this series ended with a note about how Bosnia currently serves as mostly a “transit or recuperation” zone for Islamic extremists (see relevant ICG Report). This label does not have to be confined to the country’s post-conflict … Continue reading

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