James G. Stavridis — American Educator born on February 15, 1955,

James George Stavridis is the 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the oldest school in the United States dedicated solely to graduate studies in international affairs. He is also Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Naval Institute. Stavridis is a retired United States Navy admiral who served as the 15th Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO's 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He is the first Navy officer to have held these positions. His book "The Accidental Admiral" describing his tenure in these jobs was published on October 1, 2014. Previously, he served as Commander, U.S. Southern Command from October 2006 to June 2009... (wikipedia)

You can't kill your way to success in a counter insurgency effort. You have to protect the people, get the civil military balance right, train the locals, and practice effective strategic communications.
I would not be surprised to see Syria break apart entirely.
I don't think anyone would look at Colombia today and say that it is failing. This positive outcome is an example of the effective application of smart power - it is succeeding.
I've never been in a 'Twitter fight,' though I've witnessed my fair share. I do enjoy vigorous and informed debate, but the benefit is lost when the exchange becomes a series of petty ad hominem attacks. I don't see much value in it.
When I get up, the first thing I do is open up Gmail and check my personal email.

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