Interesting reads

Catching up on the blogging. Here's a roundup of recent interesting articles on terrorism/int'l affairs.

Excerpt from article: "A Stanford University study conducted after the 9/11 attacks looked at why some conflicts last so much longer than others. One key factor: crime. Out of 128 conflicts, the 17 in which insurgents relied heavily on 'contraband finances' lasted on average 48 years--over five times as long as the rest. 'If the criminal underworld can keep terrorist coffers flush,' says Charles, the former State Department official, 'we will continue to face an enemy that would otherwise run out of oxygen.'