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Mulling military structure (III): Reasons for teaching drill, and what would it be if we were developing it nowadays?

Back in the day, I spent a lot of time watching recruits drill at Parris Island. But I never thought much about its origins.

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The Senseless Death of Mr. Palmyra

The war on culture unfolding in Syria, and the 83-year-old archaeologist who became its latest casualty.

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Making a State by Iron and Blood

Britain built an empire on the slave trade. Germany perpetrated the greatest genocide in human history. Who says the Islamic State won’t be a U.S. ally someday?

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Is Asia Finally Moving on from the Grim Legacy of World War II?

Does Japan's prime minister's apology on the 70th anniversary of the war foreshadow a new era?

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U.S.-Cuba Diplomacy Comes Out of the Shadows

For 38 years, the U.S. Interests Section was a flash point for controversy and a conduit for cooperation. Now that Cuba’s got a real embassy, can Havana and Washington talk like grown-ups?

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Shinzo Abe Regrets but Declines to Apologize for Japan’s WWII Actions

The Japanese leader is trying to overhaul his country's constitution to allow for a more assertive military.

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