Cicero Magazine

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 06:08
The defense and intelligence communities have expertise and budgets that allow them to do incredible analytical work. NGOs and USAID often have the benefit of boots on the ground and better cultural understanding.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 11:13
It is becoming clear that the American-led international coalition and its airstrikes in Iraq and Syria alone are not going to defeat ISIS. The U.S. government, its Western allies, and its Middle East partners, thus far, are against deploying ground troops to Iraq. The New Iraqi Army, a Shiite dominated organisation, has shown itself unwilling or incapable of defending Sunni-dominated western provinces. None of the parties concerned will commit soldiers to face ISIS, despite their acts of unspeakable violence and depravity. Current U.S. policy is against any military action in Iraq that does not come from the air, including firm support for non-conventional ground forces. The results thus far speak for themselves.
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 08:21
A more critical acknowledgment of the role of paramilitaries in Colombia’s campaign against the insurgency is essential before recommending that other countries follow in its footsteps.