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Hearts and Minds

Countering Violent Extremism -- Put Youth at the Center of the Narrative

Erik Solheim | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Erik Solheim

Kenya is preparing to host a summit to counter violent extremism in June 2015. A timely and vital initiative by a country reeling from tragic terror attacks.

How Not to Win Hearts and Minds in Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Nick Turse

The U.S. is trying to win a war for the hearts and minds of Africa. But a Pentagon investigation suggests that those mystery projects somewhere out there in Djibouti or Ethiopia or Kenya or here in Tanzania may well be orphaned, ill-planned, and undocumented failures-in-the-making.

Dien Bien Fooled

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

There's an incredible scene very early in Peter Davis's award-winning documentary Hearts and Minds (1974) when Georges Bidault, who served as the Fren...

Good Morning, Vietnam

Alison Teal | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel
Alison Teal

The following morning the Vietnamese police showed up at his hotel room offering him a deal: He could be on the afternoon Pan Am flight to Guam or he could be in a Vietnamese jail. It was a pleasant flight.

As Much Power as a Word: Fulbright and Soft Power

Tom Healy | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Tom Healy

What is soft? What is hard? What is power? Can power be created or is there a finite amount, a zero sum game that means if I have the power, you do not?

How Many Afghan Hearts and Minds Do You Win When a School Collapses?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

One (of thousands) example of how we lost the war for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people was our shoddy management of the things we built. We're repeating those same mistakes in Afghanistan, this time with potentially fatal results.

Remembering Bert Schneider

Peter Davis | Posted 02.27.2012 | Entertainment
Peter Davis

On Christmas Eve 1973, Bert Schneider, the richly innovative Hollywood producer who died this month, decreed a screening of what eventually became my film on the Vietnam War, Hearts and Minds.

Why Doesn't Reconstruction Work?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

When a relationship begins with a war and an invasion, and all the acts of violence that go along with that, you start deep in a hole. As corruption, mistakes, accidents and half-hearted efforts plague reconstruction, that hole only gets deeper.

Bonfire of Insanity -- Pastor Terry Jones' Burning Love for Jesus

Dylan Brody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dylan Brody

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Afghanistan: Hearts and Minds and Blood and Anger

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Helicopters for War, but Not Flood Relief?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If the White House does not bring all assets to bear in response to the flood crisis in Pakistan, it will be passing up an opportunity to show that the US cares more about saving Muslim lives than taking them away.

The Military Occupation of Our Minds

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Paranoia? Do we live under Orwellian thought control? Of course not. But we the people, the media and the Congress, routinely accept taxpayer-funded Pentagon and White House public relations narratives.

Can't Win 'Hearts and Minds' Without Speech

Blake Bromley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Blake Bromley

The U.S. Supreme Court made it more difficult to fight the war on terrorism this week. They removed free speech from the arsenal of weapons available.

State Department To Produce Legal Justification for Drone Attacks

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh has promised to produce the Obama administration's legal justification for its increased use of drone strikes. Let's hope that moment comes soon.

New US Air Strategy In Afghanistan: First, Do No Harm

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Six months after Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S commander in Afghanistan, issued a tactical directive urging troops to walk away from a fig...

Taliban Overhaul Image, Distance Themselves From Al Qaeda, To Win Allies

nytimes.com | ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban have embarked on a sophisticated information war, using modern media tools as well as some old-fashioned ones, to so...

Ryan Grim

Experts On Afghanistan Doubt Survey On Foreign Occupation: Results Are Impossible

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new survey of the Afghan people is being touted as evidence that hearts and minds may, in fact, be warming to the U.S.'s military presence, which is...

Bill O'Reilly: 'We Can't Kill All The Muslims... So We Wanna Win As Many Hearts And Minds As We Can'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Bill O'Reilly believes that the US effort to win the popular support of Muslims around the world is based on the notion that the US cannot kill every ...

Death by Drone: A Policy That Gets Results?

Kit Gallant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kit Gallant

Counter-insurgency experts and military officials have an oft-noted tendency to focus excessively, to obsess, really, on killing or capturing a single pivotal individual.

Losing the People: The Cost and Consequences of Civilian Suffering in Afghanistan

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

For the last year, I have been living in Afghanistan interviewing civilians harmed in the conflict for the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict.

Ten Reasons Why We Don't Need an Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

The dozens of reports that have appeared since 9/11 on public diplomacy have come to a similar general conclusion: the State Department's public diplomacy has failed miserably.