- Paul Cornish and Andrew Dorman's [British] "National Defence in the Age of Austerity." I've just about finished this one.
- Brendan Simms' review of Kimberly Kagan's new book The Surge.
Of course there's a lot Afghanistan stuff out there lately...
- Bacevich in The Atlantic: "Give up on democracy in Afghanistan."
- "Is it worth it?: The difficult case for war in Afghanistan", by Stephen Biddle
- "Winning the good war," from Peter Bergen.
And one I've just finished reading, on which there will certainly be some commentary later: the Aerospace Industries' Association's threat piece "The Unseen Cost: Industrial base consequences of defense strategy choices." If you like to see the defense industry making dire predictions and pressuring defense planners to build strategy around profit-based procurement considerations, you'll love this one!
Gunslinger: I'm going native this weekend, thanks to a few documents sent my way by our good friend SNLII. I'm embarrassed to say I've never read anything from the insurgent's side, outside of readings on the American Revolution.
- Mini-Manual of the Urban Guerrilla by Carlos Marighella.
- Handbook for Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army Notes on Guerrilla Warfare.
- Irish Republican Army Green Book.
Finishing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness will be the first thing I do this weekend (I am trying to catch up on my classics).
Stacked between the toothpaste and the cell phone charger are Biddle’s article, of course, as well as print-outs of a very interesting debate in the Boston Review where a bunch of extremely smart people (Mike McGovern, Larry Diamond, and William Easterly, to name but a few) respond to Paul Collier’s proposals for the “Bottom Billion”—including his rather controversial suggestion that international military force should be used to restore constitutional legality in the case of a coup.
If anyone is looking for me, I will be there. Have a great weekend everyone.
I just got back from a very long week of interviewing people in New York for a work project so I'm pretty exhausted (it looks like Alma's taking some time to enjoy NYC this weekend, something I didn't get to do much of this time).
Anyway, I'm still working on Prunier's Africa's World War--it's something like 400 pages long so it's going to take a while.
The UNDPKO just put out its newest report on peacekeeping titled "A New Partnership Agenda: Charting a New Horizon for UN Peacekeeping."
And then and I think I'm going to have to bandwagon and read some of the stuff my co-conspirators are reading because it looks interesting.