Author Archives: Harper

HARPER: COL. LANG’S WARNINGS ECHO 11 YEARS LATER

Eleven years ago Col. Lang participated in a debate in New York City on the proposition that the US could not win a war in Afghanistan based on the Obama Administration’s declared counterinsurgency strategy. Today Col. Lang’s assessment carries even … Continue reading

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HARPER: ANATOL LIEVEN HAS IT PARTLY RIGHT

Anatol Lieven has written a useful piece in Politico which tells some of the story of how Taliban was able to so quickly take over most of Afghanistan territory with only a limited amount of fighting. While it does not … Continue reading

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HARPER: MARK PERRY RIP

The world has lost a great man who dedicated his life to the pursuit of truth and justice, whether delving into the depths of the Pentagon bureaucracy, the thorniest Middle East conflicts, American literary history, baseball, or just about any … Continue reading

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HARPER: HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?

One of the strategic initiatives that the Biden Administration may be getting right is the diplomatic dialogue with Russia. From the very outset of the new administration, the US has pursued some low-hanging fruit, like the early extension of the … Continue reading

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HARPER: RUSSIAN-AMERICAN AFGHAN DECONFLICTION

In their June 16 telephone conversation, Presidents Biden and Putin discussed the possibility of US intelligence personnel operating out of Russian military bases in Central Asia to monitor Afghanistan, following the complete US and NATO withdrawal, now expected to be … Continue reading

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HARPER: A BOLD PROPOSAL FOR DURABLE PEACE

My historian friend Steve Douglas has written the following account of General Douglas MacArthur’s transformation from brilliant military commander to advocate for an end to warfare as a means of resolving conflicts among nations. It has important lessons for today’s … Continue reading

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HARPER: MOVE OVER MR. TRUMP

Colonel Lang has eloquently stated the dilemma facing the Republican Party. As Senator Lindsey Graham admitted following the events of January 6, the Republican Party cannot live without Donald Trump, but at the same time, the Party must look to … Continue reading

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HARPER: THE LESSONS OF STALINGRAD BY STEVE DOUGLAS

After hearing a lecture by my friend Steve Douglas on the lessons of the battle of Stalingrad, I urged him to write this essay on the topic.  Given the current toxic relationship between the United States and Russia–the two predominant … Continue reading

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HARPER: DID MAXIMUM PRESSURE BOOST IRGC JUNTA?

Since the Trump decision in May 2018 to withdraw the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and launch the "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran, internal developments in the Islamic Republic have benefitted one group in particular:  The … Continue reading

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HARPER: SAUDIS SHAKEN BY 911 COURT RULING

It is altogether fitting that on the 19th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon a Federal Magistrate has ordered the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to produce 24 current and former officials for … Continue reading

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