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2014 has the potential to go down as a crucial year in modern world history. A resurgent and bellicose Russia took over Crimea and fueled a civil war in Eastern Ukraine. Post-Saddam Iraq, in many respects a creature of the United States because of the war that began in 2003, lost a third of its territory to an army of hyper-violent millennialists. The peace process in Israel seemed to completely collapse. Finally, after coalescing in Syria as a territorial entity, the Islamic State swept into northern Iraq and through northeastern Syria, attracting legions of recruits from Europe and the Middle East.
David Kilcullen was one of the architects of America's strategy in the late phases of the second Gulf War, and also spent time in Afghanistan and other hotspots. In Blood Year, he provides a wide-angle view of the current situation in the Middle East and analyzes how America and the West ended up in such dire circumstances. This is an essential book for anyone interested in understanding not only why the region that the US invaded a dozen years ago has collapsed into utter chaos, but also what it can do to alleviate the grim situation.
©2016 David Kilcullen (P)2017 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-13-17

Honest Analysis

I appreciate all of David Kilcullens work. This was another great analysis of recent events. The narrarator somehow failed to pronounce even some English words correctly however. Good overall.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 06-17-17

best I've heard so far on the subject

The best part was the more or less play by play he calls on how the GWOT played out so far. The frustrating but understandable thing is that he really never answers the 'other aspect' of counter-insurgency which is finding the path by which the threatened modern governments will or can come to effective governance. It is a great book overall but there just seems to be much more yet to be understood.

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