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NATO Strike in Pakistan: Lifting the Fog of War

December 6, 2011

The NATO strike in Pakistan on November 26, 2011 left twenty four soldiers dead and many more wounded.  The tragedy has created a schism between the U.S. and Pakistan, a strategic relationship to the U.S. in the war on terror and an important pillar to U.S. objectives in the Middle East, but one that has been chaotic over the past decade.  The political damage from the incident has been great and many observers wonder if the rift can be repaired.  Both sides blame the other, and it is difficult to see how the two sides can come to grips with this tragedy.  Discerning the truth of what happened and why is paramount, but confusion on the ground obscures this goal.

Richard Friedman proposes a novel approach for establishing justice and restoring peace amidst the crisis.  It will not be easy, for the truth sometimes is not, but it is worth considering if it will help to heal the wounds of a nation.  To read the article, click the link below.

Lifting the Fog of War

By Richard E. Friedman

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Growth Areas for Terrorist Cells

December 7, 2010

On November 11, 2010, Professor Bill Banks of  the Mapping Global Insecurity (MGI) team at Syracuse University addressed the National Strategy Forum on the topic of “black spots.”  The event titled “Growth Areas for Terrorist Cells” was recently broadcast on C-SPAN at the link here.

In addition, the Bill Banks Event Summary is also available on the recent speakers page of the National Strategy Forum website.

Black spots are a unique phenomenon affecting U.S. national security.  Traditional tools employed by the intelligence community often fail to identify these clandestine hot spots for crime and terrorism.  The MGI team is using a unique set of social science tools to study these areas and to provide an early warning system to forecast where the next area of instability is likely to emerge.

In the Fall 2010 National Strategy Forum Review, Dr. Bartosz Stanislawski, a director of the MGI research program, wrote about this fascinating research field.  Dr. Stanislawski’s article, titled “Mapping Global Insecurity,” describes how to identify, analyze, and forecast where these emerging security threats may develop around the world.

Green Coal?

December 3, 2010

As Sam complained in that famous Dr. Suess poem, “I don’t like green eggs and ham,” so too have environmentalists not preferred the terms “green” and “coal” on the same page.  Unfortunately, the reality of the environmental and energy challenges are growing more difficult by the day.  The U.S. and China—both the largest consumers of energy and the largest producers of carbon emissions—are facing unpalatable tradeoffs in their strategic energy portfolios as they plan for increased energy consumption in the future.  The link between the environment and national security is clear.  Environmental instability must be incorporated into a national security strategy. In the case of energy, the difficult tradeoff is providing the massive power necessary to fuel the world’s largest economy while remaining mindful of the damaging effects on the environment.

Are you willing to turn off your refrigerator or computers for the next 30 years while alternative energy technology catches up to power needs?  Would you expect the Chinese to do the same?  Riding the wave of alternative energy is satisfying, but it is bound to end in disappointment—at least for now.  Better to hitch a ride on “dirty” coal to power the economy of tomorrow, so argues James Fallows in his new article featured this month in The Atlantic, “Dirty Coal, Clean Future.” Fallows presents one of the most clear-eyed, realistic approaches to the energy and climate change problem in a long while.  It is time to seriously consider America’s strategic approach and financial investments in the energy economy of tomorrow.  Before betting the farm on alternative energy, a realistic assessment of this problem and the available solutions may save both the environment and a few bucks in the process.

Read the full article by Eric S. Morse: “Green Coal?  The Environmental / Strategic Tradeoff.”

Introducing The NSF Review Blog

May 17, 2010

The National Strategy Forum Review is a widely read, quarterly publication focusing on national security policy.  To keep readers up to date with the latest news and analysis, the National Strategy Forum is pleased to announce the new National Strategy Forum Review Blog.

Each month, the NSFR Blog will post articles and commentary on a variety of national security matters from around the world.  We will provide NSF Insider blog entries and feature foreign analysis and commentary from our group of international correspondents.

In addition, the NSF has created a Facebook page for those interested in following us online through social media networking.

The National Strategy Forum hopes that you find this new, supplemental resource of national security analysis to be timely and insightful.