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Published on: August 22, 2014
History Lessons
US Entering New Era of Dirty Wars?

Americans don’t always like to acknowledge it, but the U.S. has a long history of fighting so-called dirty wars. Perhaps rather than insisting we should never get involved in these conflicts, we should learn how to do so as cleanly and efficiently as possible.

Russell Crandall is a professor of American foreign policy at Davidson College and a contributing writer at the American Interest and New Republic and contributing editor at the London-based journal Survival: Global Policy & Strategy. His new book is America’s Dirty Wars: Irregular Warfare from 1776 to the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
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