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Counterinsurgency Is Here to Stay


Max Boot
Same old story: a U.S. soldier and a Vietcong fighter, South Vietnam, October 1966.
Same old story: a U.S. soldier and a Vietcong fighter, South Vietnam, October 1966. (Bettman / Corbis)
Washington doesn’t have the luxury of simply avoiding insurgencies, so it needs to figure out how to fight them better. Drawn from more than a decade of war, here are ten lessons for doing so.
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Rabat's Undoing

Intissar Fakir and Maati Monjib
Arab Spring–driven reforms might have seemed inconsequential when they were introduced in 2011. But they may be changing Morocco’s political system more than anticipated.
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The Tunisia Model

Brian Klaas and Marcel Dirsus
On October 26, Tunisians will finally have a real and unrestricted choice at the polls. Other transitioning regimes in the Middle East and the world should take note: Democracy is not about exclusion, but about giving people a genuine choice—even, or especially, when it’s an uncomfortable one.
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What's Inside the New Issue

Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq; Xi Jinping's reforms; an interview with Joko Widodo; and more.