"Laws are silent in times of war."

Forest Grace analyzes how differences in Eastern and Western religions have played a role in the development of religious conflict.

Felix Imonti argues that IS's main concern should be how they are to economically prop-up their Caliphate, instead of the bombs being dropped on them.

Second Lieutenant Luke J. Schumacher and Joshua Shapiro examine one of the key areas to winning the peace in Iraq and Syria when the guns fall silent - water.

With al-Qaeda undergoing a transformation in recent months, Felix Imonti looks into where the organisation may be heading.

Peter Storey argues that the Taliban's siege and brief capture of Kunduz lays bare a disturbing development in the Afghan War.

Air Force Captain Jahara Matisek argues we should make ISIS a country and begin working on dealing with it as an authoritative regime, rather than as an insurgency.

In the third and final part of his series, Jim Purvis addresses some of the arguments that have been made in the debate surrounding women in combat.

In the second part of his series on women in combat, veteran and academic Jim Purvis looks at how full gender integration in the military is now inevitable.

As Britain reopens its long-shuttered embassy in Iran, the deep history these two nations share continues to play a major role in how Iranians view Britain and perceive its power, influence and motivations.

Joseph Sarkisian outlines why Israel and Saudi Arabia must work together openly and more closely than ever to meet the challenges posed by a resurgent Iran.

Chris Miller explains why, on the heels of the Arab Spring, NATO decided to intervene in Libya, but not Syria--leading to the stalemates today in both countries.

UK defense analyst Peter Storey on why Britain has thus far decided to stay out of Syria despite the US stepping up its campaign against ISIS there and what it could mean for the "Special Relationship."

Collin Hunt analyzes the results of NATO's military intervention in Libya which toppled Muammar Qaddafi and finds it has very little to point to in the way of successes four years on.

Jim Purvis, professor and combat veteran, discusses the difference between "can" versus "should" when it comes to the question of women serving in combat.

Army Major Justin Gorkowski on the endemic corruption and opportunistic behavior in the Iraqi government and military that has sapped the will of its troops to fight ISIS--something the US should consider when sending its own troops there again.

Aki Peritz guesses that the intelligence behind a number of successful U.S. drone strikes against ISIS in Afghanistan is coming from a surprising source.

Diane Maye on the debate as to whether the successful strategist should include fiction alongside non-fiction on their bookshelf.

Jessie Daniels says that the IAEA will catch Iran if it cheats on its new nuclear obligations and that "anytime, anywhere" inspections will not do anything to ensure compliance.

Lt. Col. Paul Darling says it's time to let servicemembers on bases and forts carry firearms to defend themselves and prevent further shootings like the ones we've seen in recent years.

Peter Storey asserts that the British Government's pledge to meet the 2% defense spending target is only the first hurdle in combating issues in Britain's defense policy in the era of austerity.

LTC Paul Darling on the history, theory, and strategy of Airpower and getting back to using America's Air Force for what it was conceived to do.

Peter Storey reflects on the 200th anniversary of Waterloo and what it takes for conflicts to be remembered as a 'good war.'

Frank Scotton and Tran Ngoc Chau lay out a detailed blueprint for policymakers and military strategists on how, when, and whether to intervene, informed by the U.S. botched intervention in Vietnam.

U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.) James Need on the strategic lessons our President and Congress must consider before deciding whether America needs to go to war against ISIS.

Iraq War veteran and former Marine scout-sniper Matter Victoriano on the internal struggles he and many other veterans face alongside the struggles with the ones they love.

Matthew Ferraro on why the media needs to press 2016 presidential candidates to flesh out their security policies now and not just accept the same old soundbites.

Peter Storey asserts that if the West is to succeed in the Ukraine crisis then it must comprehend the system the Kremlin uses to maintain power in Russia and how this relates to the conflict.

Former U.S. Marine and Army intelligence officer Joseph Guerra reviews Peter Paret's Clausewitz in his Time and finds that Clausewitz's theories on strategy remain as relevant as ever.

Joseph Sarkisian argues that the United States' whack-a-mole high-value target (HVT) program to defeat ISIS is doomed to fail.

Emma Sky discusses her new book, The Unraveling, as well as ways to fix Iraq and defeat ISIS.

Raymond Kuo, examining data on external migration and internal displacement in Pakistan's FATA, argues that drone strikes are actually effective but finds that "signature strikes" are counterproductive.

What do American service members look like today, and do they resemble those that served in other wars? Retired U.S. Navy officer David Mattingly reviews the new book by John McCain and Mark Salter, Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War.

Lt. Col. Paul Darling requests of the would-be China dragon slayers, on behalf of the men and women who will fight that future war and the taxpayers who will fund it, to first demonstrate the courage of your convictions.

Marine Corps officer B.A. Friedman on why, in light of America's struggles with Russia, China, and ISIS, US Air Force strategist John Boyd should be given another look.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses her new book, Ashley's War, as well as the challenges women face as they look to join and fight alongside U.S. Special Forces.

Preventive medicine expert Dr James Need on how in a world of increasing demand for military action paired with decreasing budgets, controlling the costs of preventable illness in the military healthcare system is a necessary and achievable goal.

Peter Storey on the spread of a ridiculous conspiracy theory and the truth that Jade Helm 15 is a vital exercise in urban warfare.

Journalist Thanassis Cambannis discusses his new book Once Upon A Revolution and elaborates on the missed opportunities of Tahrir Square, the military regime's successes, and why Egypt may still be in for some surprises ahead.

Matthew Beattie-Callahan on why America should focus on destroying the "state" of Islamic State, rather than trying to defeat it by destroying its military capability.

John McRae discusses ways to improve assessments of the US military's industrial and technological needs and capabilities.

Christopher Coker, author of the new book, The Improbable War: China, The United States and Logic of Great Power Conflict, discusses the parallels between the turn of the 20th century and U.S. relations with China today.

U.S. Army officer Douglas Pryer reviews Kenneth Englade’s new book, Meltdown in Haditha, and discusses the lessons still to be learned from a terrible tragedy.

Given the parlous state of Iran’s economy and its need of sanctions relief, Daniel Lakin argues that negotiators should lean more on their Iranian counterparts who may be sufficiently worried by recent developments to make a more concessions.

Carolyn Schapper on how the creation of an open source intelligence fusion center would benefit the U.S. defense, intelligence, and foreign policy communities as well as non-governmental organizations by sparing costly and time-consuming duplication of effort.

Arnold Isaacs reviews The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Michael Putzel's The Price They Paid, two stories of the Vietnam War from two different sides, both retelling the personal costs each had to pay.

Chris Miller on some simple, clear, and flexible rules and tools for modern leaders, military or civil.

Dan Kaszeta on the threat posed to national and global health security by fake drugs and criminals making quick cash off human suffering.

British defense and political analyst Peter Storey on the role defense and foreign policy played in last week's UK general election, namely the elephant that wasn't even in the room.

It turns out those photo-ops of NFL players posing with U.S. troops during football games are faked. The Defense Department has been paying NFL teams for these gestures of supporting the troops.

Is Afghanistan turning a corner? Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute believes it may be.

Mideast analyst Roberto Iannuzzi predicts that King Salman's latest reshuffle, together with the launch of airstrikes against Yemen, may backfire for Saudi Arabia.

Preventive Medicine researcher Captain (Ret.) James Need on how improving medical intelligence and Force Health Protection saves costs and keeps troops in the fight.

Josh Cohen on why viewing Iran as an irrational actor bent on martyrdom skews intelligence analysts' understanding of Tehran's behavior and motivations.

Iraq War veteran Carolyn Schapper on the fight to control the Bayji oilfields and what it means for the war against ISIS, for Iraq, and the people of Bayji.

America pivots to Asia, conspiracy in Texas, confrontation off Yemen, and "Our Girls" finally coming back in Nigeria were all part of the week in war for 27 April to 1 May 2015.

Peter Storey on the latest battle for Tikrit between ISIS and Iraqi government forces and the changing nature of modern urban warfare.

It is a welcome sign that the rebels are making advances in Syria's north. But the U.S., together with its Arab allies, should do more to prevent such gains from being reversed, argues Lionel Beehner.

Seapower Professor John Kuehn on how the "special relationship" between Britain and America may mean U.S. Marine Corps F-35s flying from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier.

On the 240th anniversary of the battle that sparked the American Revolution, Chris Miller asks: What does it mean to have a culture where few will fight for a country all profess to love?