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Showing posts with label iraq. Show all posts
Showing posts with label iraq. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Operational Leadership Experiences

We've added some 834 interviews from the Operational Leadership Experiences project to our online catalog. Browse them here (originally made available online in our digital library)

"A project of the Combat Studies Institute, the Operational Leadership Experiences Interview Collection archives firsthand, multi-service accounts from military personnel who planned, participated in and supported operations in the Global War on Terrorism."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Iraq: Five Years of War

Watch this presentation hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations: Iraq: Five Years of War (Video)

Barry R. McCaffrey, General, U.S. Army (Ret.); Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, United States Military Academy March 13, 2008

Barry McCaffrey, a retired U.S. army general and adjunct professor of international affairs at West Point, discusses past failings and future options for success in Iraq five years after the war began. McCaffrey, an early critic of the war’s initial planning, says “if you look at the totality of our experience in Iraq, it’s been a major disaster.” He says increasing costs, diminishing assets, and a rising death toll continue to jeopardize long-term stability. And yet progress has been made, the general says....

Related article from Newsweek: Cover Story Iraq

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Situation in Iraq: A Briefing from the Battlefield

The Situation in Iraq: A Briefing from the Battlefield by Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and international Studies, briefing from 22 Feb 2008.

"No one can spend some 10 days visiting the battlefields in Iraq without seeing major progress in every area. A combination of the surge, improved win and hold tactics, the tribal uprising in Anbar and other provinces, the Sadr ceasefire, and major advances in the use of IS&R have transformed the battle against Al Qaida in Iraq. If the US provides sustained support to the Iraqi government -- in security, governance, and development -- there is now a very real chance that Iraq will emerge as a secure and stable state..." Click here for access to full briefing commentary.

Link to briefing slides

Friday, July 13, 2007

New at CARL - Boys of '67

Summary: This sweeping saga of the United States Marine Corps follows the careers of a group of young second lieutenants from their baptism of fire in Vietnam through the Cold War and to the current insurgency in Iraq.

Related podcast:

Pritzker Military Library interview of the author Charles Jones (aired 07/12/2007)

Thursday, July 5, 2007

What to read about Iraq

In an article published 5 July 2007 in the Christian Science Monitor Middle East correspondents Scott Peterson, Dan Murphy, and Jill Carroll recommend the best books on the Iraq war. See the following links to check our holdings of these titles at the CARL.


  1. Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein by Andrew Cockburn
  2. Endgame: solving the Iraq problem once and for all by Scott Ritter
  3. Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War by Rick Atkinson
2003 Invasion
  1. Night Draws Near by Anthony Shadid
  2. Generation Kill by Evan Wright
  3. Thunder Run by David Zucchino
  4. Cobra II by Michael Gordon
Current War
  1. Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Han­drasekaran
  2. Fiasco by Thomas Ricks
  3. State of Denial by Bob Woodward
Further Background Reading
  1. Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife by John Nagl
  2. The Shia Revival: how conflicts within Islam will shape the future by Vali Nasr
  3. The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright

Monday, July 2, 2007


Hezbollah in the News and in Books: Hezbollah agents aiding insurgency in Iraq

New books at the CARL:

Thursday, June 28, 2007

New at CARL: The occupation of Iraq : winning the war, losing the peace

Book description excerpted from Publisher's Weekly:
"Allawi, until recently a senior minister in the Iraqi government, provides an insider's account of the nascent Iraqi government following the American invasion. His scholarly yet immensely readable exposition of Iraqi society and politics will likely become the standard reference on post-9/11 Iraq. It convincingly blasts the Coalition Provisional Authority for failing to understand the simmering sectarian animosity and conflicting loyalties that led Iraq into chaos. Beginning during Saddam's reign, among the motley gang of liberal democrats, Islamists and Kurdish nationalists that formed the opposition-in-exile, of which Allawi was a prominent member, he chronicles the fortunes and aspirations of the political parties, personalities and interest groups that now are tearing Iraq apart."

Related podcasts: Allawi discusses the growth of the insurgency and explores the complex relationships among Sunnis, Shias and Kurds. He also discusses his blueprint for peace and reconstruction in Iraq in this University Channel podcast from February, 2007

Carnegie Council interview with the author Ali Allawi on 11 April 2007.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

New at CARL: Patrolling Baghdad by Mark DePue

Patrolling Baghdad: a military police company and the war in Iraq by Mark DePue

Book Table of Contents

Excerpt of book jacket summary - "For the 160 national guardsmen from America's heartland, Baghdad was more than just a long way from home. It also confronted the 233rd Military Police Company with America's most difficult challenge in Iraq: establishing security in a nation rife with religious, tribal, and sectarian conflict and violence. The first MP company assigned to patrol the heart of Baghdad, the 233rd (from Springfield, Illinois) was a key part of the American occupation forces from April 2003 to April 2004."

Related podcast: Interview with the author Mark DePue in this Pritzker Military Library Podcast from 17 May 2007

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The woman who created Iraq - Gertrude Bell

Coming soon to the CARL: GERTRUDE Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell

Book description excerpt : "She has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia, which, while not inaccurate, fails to give Gertrude Bell her due. She was at one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire: a nation builder, the driving force behind the creation of modern-day Iraq. Born in 1868 into a world of privilege, Bell turned her back on Victorian society, choosing to read history at Oxford and going on to become an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author (of Persian Pictures, The Desert and the Sown, and many other collections), poet, photographer, and legendary mountaineer (she took off her skirt and climbed the Alps in her underclothes)." Full description.

Related podcast: Listen to this Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview of the author Georgina Howell about her new book from January 2007

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Soldier wins Blooker Prize

Find My War by Colby Buzzell in the CARL catalog

An American soldier's violent and darkly comic account of fighting in Iraq has won the "Blooker prize" for best book that began as a blog on the Internet. Colby Buzzell penned an Internet diary that eventually became the book My War. He began posting his experiences online from an Internet tent as a way to "kill time" while he was serving in the Sunni triangle. His book "My War" won the second annual $10,000 prize sponsored by publishing Web site Lulu.com.

In the news: Service members blogs now under tighter control

Excerpt: "The U.S. Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the content with a superior officer, Wired News has learned. The directive, issued April 19, is the sharpest restriction on troops' online activities since the start of the Iraq war. And it could mean the end of military blogs, observers say."

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Military Law and the War on Terror

Browse these titles in our catalog related to detainee operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

CNN report: Released Gitmo detainees go back to fighting

Related podcast: Pritzker Military Library podcast from 3 May 2007 - The War of Law: The Balance of International Law, Military Law, and Constitutional Law in the War on Terror. A Panel Discussion.

Pritzker Description excerpt: "As American troops battle in Afghanistan and Iraq in the War on Terror, attorneys, judges and politicians engage in what might be called The War of Law as they consider, litigate and help determine the fate of those captured and detained, in and out of uniform. What constitutes torture, who has access to counsel or trial - and under what jurisdiction?" Full description

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Personal Narratives from the Front Lines

Related Podcast:

Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines: veteran alumns from the Harvard School of Government and Harvard School of Business share their stories from Iraq and Afghanistan. Click here to listen to this podcast (MP3)

Panel members include: Major Joseph Ewers, Prof. David R. Gergen, Lt. Col. Oscar Hall, Ms. Maura Sullivan, Lt. Col. Dan Wagner, Lt. Col. Frederick Wellman

Monday, April 16, 2007

New from the Council on Foreign Relations - After the surge

Visit our catalog and read this paper online: After the Surge The Case for U.S. Military Disengagement from Iraq by Steven Simon

Excerpt from a newspaper article by Steven Simon appearing in the Washington Post (March 5, 2007) :

"As I wrote in "After the Surge: The Case for U.S. Military Disengagement from Iraq", the United States should withdraw the bulk of American forces within twelve to eighteen months. A quicker timetable would ignore logistical complexities and reinforce perceptions of a rout. The priorities should be containing the conflict and engaging Iraq's neighbors -- including Iran and Syria, who the administration have begun to approach under congressional pressure -- and potential donors to an Iraq stabilization plan." Read full article

Related Podcast:

Council on Foreign Relations audio - Iraq: Four Years of War (MP3 format) with Speakers Ali Allawi and Steven Simon.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Nation-building - new titles at CARL 2006 - present

Related Podcast

For further information on this topic you can list to this podcast on nation-building by Andrew S. Natsios, former Director of the USAID. (Lecture at the Flectcher School.)

Saturday, March 31, 2007

The National Guard and the War on Terror

Check out the CARL catalog for holdings related to the National Guard and its role in the War on Terror. Online Fulltext titles

This book recounts one young National Guard soldier's experience in Iraq: The last true story I'll ever tell by John Crawford

Book description
John Crawford joined the Florida National Guard to pay for his college tuition, willingly exchanging one weekend a month and two weeks a year for a free education. But one semester short of graduating and newly married, he was called to active duty and sent to Iraq. Crawford and his unit spent months upon months patrolling the streets of Baghdad, occupying a hostile city. During the breaks between patrols, Crawford began writing nonfiction stories about what he and his fellow soldiers witnessed and experienced. In a voice at once raw and immediate, Crawford's stories chronicle the daily life of a young soldier in Iraq--the excitement, the horror, the anger, the tedium, the fear, the camaraderie. But all together, the stories gradually uncover something more: the transformation of a group of young men, innocents, into something entirely different. --From publisher description.

Related Podcast:

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Long Road Home: A Story of War by Martha Raddatz

View CARL holdings: The Long Road Home: A Story of War by Martha Raddatz

Extract from Publisher Weekly Book Review: "Violent resistance in post-invasion Iraq kicked into high gear on April 4, 2004, when American troops in Sadr City faced a massive assault that claimed eight soldiers' lives and wounded more than 70 others. Raddatz, an Emmy-winning correspondent for ABC News, clearly aims to equal the storytelling in Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down in her account of the battle, and hits the mark with distinction. Extensive interviews with the commanding officers of the army's 1st Cavalry division and the soldiers pinned down in the streets provide a clear narrative of how U.S. troops, prepared for "a babysitting mission," found themselves in a bloodbath, as efforts to rescue the first soldiers fired upon met with even greater resistance from Mahdi militiamen who did not hesitate to use small children as frontline attackers."

Related Podcast
C-SPAN's "After Words": Martha Raddatz, author of "The Long Road Home," interviewed by Col. Thomas Hammes, author of "The Sling and the Stone"

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