Interventionists Beware: A Century Of Failure In The Middle East Has No Quick Fix

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Media Outlet: New Matilda

Late in 2014, Australian counter-terrorism expert David Kilcullen attended a top-level conference in Abu Dhabi. Kilcullen has been a first-hand witness to much of the 21st century’s bloodiest carnage: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and in the long corridors of the Pentagon and Foggy Bottom in Washington. But even Kilcullen was surprised at the bewilderment gripping western and Middle Eastern leaders in the face of Islamic State.

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David Kilcullen is an ASU Future of War senior fellow at New America. He is the founder and chairman of Caerus Global Solutions and First Mile Geo. He served 25 years as an army officer, diplomat and policy advisor for the Australian and U.S. governments.