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Harnessing militia power: Lessons of the Iraqi National Guard

May 27, 2015, Ariel I. Ahram and Frederic Wehrey

National governments seem to be failing throughout the Middle East. The United States, unfortunately, does not usually have the luxury of waiting until a strong government returns, and building a strong state is often beyond what the United States is able or willing to do. One option to fight terrorists and otherwise fill the governance void is to work more with local militias. Ariel I. Ahram and Frederic Wehrey draw on the U.S. experience in Iraq and offer lessons for what to do—and what to avoid—when going down this road.

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