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Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker. Alamy

How 9/11 changed cinema

In a time of increasingly complex geopolitical entanglements and moral failings, these films articulate a yearning for unsullied heroism, effective leadership and appropriate responses to crises.
U.S. troops in Afghanistan had better equipment, training and funding than the Taliban. AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

Why did a military superpower fail in Afghanistan?

It may be attractive to think that promoting democracy in occupied foreign countries is an appropriate moral and effective path for restoring security and stability. But it’s not accurate.
On Aug. 16, 2021, thousands of Afghans trapped by the sudden Taliban takeover rushed the Kabul airport tarmac. AP Photo/Shekib Rahmani

Afghanistan only the latest US war to be driven by deceit and delusion

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the US Afghanistan pullout is not a repeat of failures in other recent wars. “This is not Saigon,” he said. A seasoned foreign policy expert disagrees.
White Americans who hold racist attitudes are likely to prefer military action over diplomacy in foreign countries like Iran and, in particular, China. Frank Rossoto Stocktrek via Getty

Racial bias makes white Americans more likely to support wars in nonwhite foreign countries – new study

Analysis of US survey data finds that white people who hold racist views are more likely than others to favor military action over diplomacy in China and Iran, and to endorse the global war on terror.
Unlawful killing: the UN condemned the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in 2020. EPA-EFE/ Abedin Taherkenareh

Guns, drones and poison: the new age of assassination

States are increasingly using assassination to guard against the twin threats of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
Kenyan soldiers stand over caskets bearing the remains of their fallen comrades during prayers in 2016. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Why Kenya’s defence forces fell at the battle of El Adde

In January 2016, Kenyan troops were defeated by Al-Shabaab militants at El Adde in Somalia. This is why it happened.
French Air Force soldiers work on a Boeing C135 parked on the French Air Force base in Niamey, Niger in December, 2017.

Why foreign countries are scrambling to set up bases in Africa

The Horn of Africa is the epicentre of foreign military activity. Foreign troops have been deployed to support peace initiatives, subdue terror groups and support foreign security initiatives.

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