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Paul Staniland Sep 19
On a more serious note than my previous RT - the USIP report is interesting in how it frames CVE as helping the US in great power competion (ie avoiding enervating CT wars on the periphery). USIP - which I like a lot - trying to find its angle within the NDS
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Jason Lyall
Agreed. I like the report, too, but USIP's framing language is jarring. Almost makes it seem like the US should be competing to be first into these fragile states so that...Russia and China don't get there (and get bogged down) first. Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense
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Paul Staniland Sep 19
Replying to @jaylyall_red5
Yes 100%
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Paul Staniland Sep 19
And I am of 2 minds. I like the preventive angle a lot. But I have read enough , etc to lack confidence US can do much big picture in these contexts. And worry once committed - w/o being able fix things - we slide into problematic involvement.
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Nathaniel Allen Sep 20
Can confirm this wasn't the report's intent. Concern is more that strategic competition in Task Force's mandate area is worsening the threat from AQ / IS affiliated groups, and to adopt a strategy that aims to prevent conflict (and avoid getting bogged down) in the first place.
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