Whitney Kassel

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Carrie Mathison Is a Misogynist

The writers and producers of Homeland, or any other piece of pop culture for that matter, don't owe it to anyone to create characters that ...

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Fair Weather Friends

"They are letting me down, and I don't know why." Mohammed's* voice resonates clearly over the spotty line, littered with "anyways" and "whatevers" picked up ...

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Send in the Guerrillas

The White House is enthusiastically touting its plans to put together a coalition to fight the Islamic State that will include Britain, Turkey, and, among ...

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What Would Nietzsche Do?

Regardless of one's position on the Iraq war, when militants from the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) last month paraded through the streets of ...

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O Say Can You Free Me?

North Waziristan is not where you want to spend July 4. When you hear what sounds like fireworks, it's more likely coming from an unmanned ...

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One Insurgent at a Time

President Obama's commencement speech at West Point last Wednesday touched a lot of nerves. From America's already uneasy allies in East Asia to concerned Afghans ...

Argument

COIN of the Realm

Random arrests, indefinite detentions, and religious oppression are certainly nothing to aspire to. But observers of China's internal affairs can in some respects consider Beijing's ...

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COIN’s Funeral

If Iraq was, very arguably, counterinsurgency's success story, Afghanistan looks increasingly like the place COIN went to die. Half of the soldiers NATO tried to ...

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Tupac in the Kremlin

When Putin's senior advisor Vladislav Surkov learned of the U.S. sanctions being levied against him in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, he responded: "The ...

Rebuttal

The Recline! Response (Part 2)

In case you missed it, Rosa Brooks's recent columns -- Recline! and Slack? Nap? Snooze?-- have created quite the buzz. Yesterday, FP turned to Anne-Marie Slaughter, ...

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About Whitney Kassel

Whitney Kassel is a director focused on strategic analysis and risk management at The Arkin Group, a private intelligence firm in New York City. Kassel spent four years with the Secretary of Defense, where she focused on special operations, counterterrorism, and Pakistan policy.

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