Prism : a Journal of the Center for Complex Operations

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 4, December

An Interview with Lieutenant General Mike Flynn
In 2010 you co-authored an article "Fixing Intel; " what was wrong with intel when you wrote that article?Flynn: In 2009 I was on my third assignment in Afghanistan and we were in the process of implementing the new strategy that was going to be very...
A Swift and Decisive Victory: The Strategic Implications of What Victory Means
"The mission of MINDEF [Ministry of Defence of Singapore] and the Singapore armed forces is to enhance Singapore's peace and security through deterrence and diplomacy, and should these fail, to secure a swift and decisive victory over the aggressor."1The...
Confronting the Threat of Corruption and Organized Crime in Afghanistan: Implications for Future Armed Conflict
As the conflict in Afghanistan has evolved over the last decade, it has become apparent that of the many challenges the country and its international partners face, few are as complex, pervasive, and threatening as corruption and organized crime. Together,...
Egypt in Transition: The Third Republic
On January 25, 2011, the Egyptian people took to the streets and in 18 days were able to bring down the 30-year corrupt dictatorial regime of Hosni Mubarak, using entirely peaceful means. That revolution set the Arab Republic of Egypt on a hopeful path...
Evolving Internal Roles of the Armed Forces: Lessons for Building Partner Capacity
The end of the Cold War more than two decades ago created new international realities, along with hopes and expectations for greater peace and stability worldwide. Part of that peace dividend was expected to be the result of a decrease in defense spending,...
Hybridization of Conflicts
At a basic level, historically wars and conflicts were easy to understand: a cause, an enemy, a war. Things seemed clear, consistent, and predictable. There was symmetry and each side had its counterpart. The enemy was able to negotiate. It was all at...
Putting State Legitimacy at the Center of Foreign Operations and Assistance
It is a commonly expressed idea that a key goal of intervention in and assistance to foreign nations is to establish (or re-establish) legitimate political authority. Historically, even so great a skeptic as John Stuart Mill allowed that intervention...
Rules of Engagement and Abusive Citizens
The time has come to draw lessons from the war in Afghanistan. One major concern is how the U.S. military ought to deal with civilians who are sporadic combatants, and civilians who act, part of the time, as support forces for combatants (by serving...
Sri Lanka's National Security
Sri Lanka is one of the most peaceful and stable countries in the world today. Its citizens enjoy the benefits of peace and have complete freedom and countless opportunities to build better futures for themselves. At the same time, Sri Lanka faces potential...
Strategic Terrorism: A Call to Action
Technology contains no inherent moral directive-it empowers people, whatever their intent, good or evil. This has always been true: when bronze implements supplanted those made of stone, the ancient world got scythes and awls, but also swords and battle-axes....
Talking to the Taliban 2010 - 2011: A Reflection
When then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked in early 2011 if I would become the United States' Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) - after the sudden death of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the first SRAP - she described...
The End of Power; from Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used to Be
The End of Power; From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What it Used to Be By Moisés Naim Basic Books, USA, 2013 320 pp., $27.99 ISBN-13: 978-0465031566REVIEWED BY AMY ZALMANThe title of Moisés Naim's newest...
Women and Wars: Contested Histories, Uncertain Futures
Women and Wars: Contested Histories, Uncertain Futures By Carol Cohn Polity, Cambridge, UK, 2012 256 pp., $26.95 ISBN-13: 978-0745642451REVIEWED BY KRISTEN A. CORDELLCarol Cohn's December 2012 anthology Women and Wars uses descriptions of the varied...
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