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From the Dept. of Policy Relevance: A solid method for studying narrative

In "The Logic of Violence in Civil War," Stathis Kalyvas wrote of attacks on rich residents in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War.

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Operation Torch: Why it was important

The mailboat brings 'TORCH: North Africa and the Allied Path to Victory,' by the prolific naval historian Vincent O’Hara.

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A naval classic revisted: Andrew Gordon’s fascinating study ‘The Rules of the Game’

'The Rules of the Game' is thick, meticulously researched, often tedious, frustrating but ultimately fascinating book about the slow and unwitting transformation of the British Royal Navy from the glory days of Trafalgar in 1805 to the indecisive and controversial battle of Jutland in 1916, when the British fumbled the ball.

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Naylor’s ‘Relentless Strike’: the real thing

Here’s a Best Defense guarantee: If you are interested in what this blog covers, you will be fascinated by Foreign Policy contributing editor Sean Naylor’s "Relentless Strike," his new history of the Joint Special Operations Command.

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What you’ll find in a new book I co-edited about lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan

In short form, here are the strategic lessons identified in the book.

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