1. Ivan Eland - Part 2 - Out of the Past - 2013

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    Episode: "'The Failure of Counterinsurgency' - Part Two" (Recorded June 2013) Hosts Lee Shephard and Chuck Langdon continue their interview with Ivan Eland, PhD, defense analyst and Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at The Independent Institute in Oakland, CA. Dr. Eland gives his analysis of past and present U.S. foreign policy in this second of two parts. Click on the following link to watch Part One of this interview: https://vimeo.com/80407013

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    • Ivan Eland - Part 1 - Out of the Past - 2013

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      Episode: "'The Failure of Counterinsurgency' - Part One" (Recorded June 2013) Hosts Lee Shephard and Chuck Langdon interview Ivan Eland, PhD, defense analyst and Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at The Independent Institute in Oakland, CA. Dr. Eland gives his analysis of past and present U.S. foreign policy in this first of two parts. Click on the following link to watch Part Two of this interview: https://vimeo.com/80584039

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      • Accountability for Violations of IHL in Counterinsurgency: The Case of Sri Lanka (Live Seminar 30)

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        This Live Seminar (originally broadcast on February 24, 2011) examined mechanisms and strategies to promote accountability for IHL violations committed during counterinsurgencies, focusing on the case of Sri Lanka. Against the backdrop of domestic and international efforts to address IHL violations committed during the counterinsurgency in Sri Lanka, this Live Seminar addressed the following questions: --What aspects, if any, of counterinsurgency doctrine have the potential to affect adherence to IHL principles? --What accountability mechanisms—judicial or otherwise—exist regarding IHL violations committed during non-international armed conflicts? --What accountability mechanisms are currently being implemented, and what potential mechanisms are under consideration? --What legal and political challenges arise in the context of multiple, simultaneous accountability mechanisms aimed at addressing the same counterinsurgency situation? --What role, if any, should humanitarian actors play in promoting adherence to international norms in counterinsurgency situations? These questions were examined by reference to the situation in Sri Lanka. Panelists included: Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker Alan Keenan, International Crisis Group Ambassador Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International

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        • Success Story of Failure Mustafa Babak at TEDxSanJoaquin - YouTube-1

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          Mustafa Babak applauds the achievements of young Afghans as the success story of a decade long failure in Afghanistan. He moves on to caution against the pernicious effects of counter insurgency, international aid and bad governance that continue to undermine the ambitions of young Afghans for a sustainable peace and development in Afghanistan. A native of Afghanistan, Mustafa Babak is an undergraduate international student at the University of the Pacific, majoring in Communications. Mustafa has nearly a decade of experience in social marketing, communication for development, public relations, project management, and qualitative outreach programs. Prior to attending University of the Pacific, Mustafa was the Country Director of Sayara Media & Communication, a social marketing agency that designs and implements public information campaigns and communication strategies for Afghan ministries, foreign embassies, UN organizations, foundations, and non-profit organizations. His previous experiences include Deputy Country Manager at Equal Access Afghanistan, Content Production Manager for Radio Good Morning Afghanistan, and Project Coordinator for Media Action International. In 2008, Mustafa worked at A&B One, a leading communication agency in Berlin, as part of a program organized by the German Embassy in Kabul for successful young professionals. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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          • 1/2 Charlie Co. & Chicken Lady

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            Pre-election patrol through the city of Mussayib, Babil province, two weeks before the January 30, 2005 Iraqi national election.

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            • COIN- Winning Hearts and Minds with Guns

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              It's a war for "hearts and minds" of the Afghan people and the strategy is COIN, or counterinsurgency. The idea is that if you protect the population from Taliban threats, and if you bring them schools, health clinics, clean water and other services, they'll turn away from the insurgents. That sounds a lot simpler in the halls of the Pentagon than it does in the gritty mudbrick villages of southern Afghanistan, which is the focus of the U.S.-led effort to turn back the Taliban. An example: In August 2010, a platoon from the 101st Airborne Division was ordered to move into the village of Samir Kalacheh in the volatile Arghandab Valley near Kandahar to set up a patrol base for 48 hours, and convince the people they were there to protect them and give them a better life. Photographer Rodrigo Abd and I followed the soldiers on their operation to the village. Watch the video to see how the day unfolded in unexpected ways, showing the complexity of waging a counterinsurgency war.

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              • FoxNews interviews Capt. Pete Hegseth

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                Capt. Pete Hegseth, American Experiment’s newest Senior Fellow, is an instructor at the Counterinsurgency (COIN) Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Last week, he sat down for an interview with FoxNews. He begins with a brief explanation of what counterinsurgency means. As he explains, “Counterinsurgency is a complex form of warfare. It’s population centric. And what you’re attempting to do is not just defeat the enemy but also defeat the symptoms that allow the enemy to exist.” He goes on to deliver a terrific overview of the vital work taking place at the COIN Training Center in preparing Afghan forces to take the lead in protecting the population against insurgents.

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                • In Afghanistan, Civilians Help Soldiers in Counterinsurgency

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                  In a counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, the U.S. State Department sends civilian experts to help Afghans build better government while the military takes on the Taliban

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                  • A Female Engagement Team

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                    The first full-time Female Engagement Teams deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. The teams embed into units and work to engage the Afghan women as a part of the counterinsurgency war.

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                    • VIRTUOUS WAR: Mapping The Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network

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                      Technology in the service of virtue has given rise to a global form of virtual violence: Virtuous War. In the 21st century, The MIME-NET has become the 'fifth-dimension' of U.S. hegemony. Fought in the same manner they are represented through real-time global surveillance, media dissimulation, and network-centric warfare, virtuous war deters, disciplines and destroys the "enemy" at a distance. An all-too-real matrix MIME-NET, seamlessly merges the production, representation, and execution of war. We learn how to kill but not take responsibility for it; we encounter 'death' but not its tragic consequences; we now face not just the confusion but the pixilation of war and game on the same screen. This is a video trailer for 'Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial Media Entertainment Network' by James Der Derian. Updating the first edition published in June, 2001 with four new chapters chronicling the events after 9/11, Virtuous War traces the rise of parallel dreams of a "Revolution in Military Affairs" and a "democratic peace" that converged, like tracks in the distance, into nightmares in Iraq and Afghanistan. Virtuous War takes the reader on a journey through deserts real and virtual to find the ghosts in the 21st century war-machine: The Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network MIME-NET. Buy a copy and learn more at: www.amazon.com www.routledge.com www.globalmediaproject.net www.humanterrainmovie.com "In times of terror, when everyone is something of a conspirator, everybody will be in a position where he has to play detective." -Walter Benjamin The video is written and directed by: Phillip Gara and James Der Derian

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