On Moving On

Every once in a while I get an alert that some­thing I wrote many years ago has been cited in a book or a mono­graph on the fail­ures of coun­terin­sur­gency. It reflects an era of my life that I have deeply mixed emo­tions about, and prompted some think­ing. I remem­ber, when I wrote research papers for […]

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Power” Is Ending. Celebrate!


Moisés Naím laments the end of tra­di­tional power. Insur­gents, fringe polit­i­cal par­ties, inno­v­a­tive start-ups, hack­ers, loosely orga­nized activists, upstart cit­i­zen media out­lets, lead­er­less young peo­ple in city squares, and charis­matic indi­vid­u­als who seem to have “come from nowhere” are shak­ing up the old order. These are the microp­ow­ers: small, unknown, or once-negligible actors who have found […]

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What Matters in 2015?

The longest war in Amer­i­can his­tory is com­ing to an end next year. As of Decem­ber 31, 2014, the last con­ven­tional com­bat trooper is going to be with­drawn from Afghanistan and a new era of U.S. engage­ment with that coun­try will begin. Of course, that engage­ment does not have a sta­ble shape yet: the Afghan government […]

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