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Charli Carpenter Calls for an End to U.S. Counterterrorism Programs and Nation-Building Efforts Abroad

Charli Carpenter, Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, has written an opinion column calling on the U.S. government to end counterterrorism programs and nation-building efforts abroad. “The U.S. military has been asked to take on tasks to which it is ill-suited, affecting mission readiness for its primary role: winning wars,” she writes. “The solution, however, is not to water down the laws of war as they pertain to counterterrorism operations or to diminish the role of civilian agencies in peace building. Instead, the U.S. military should get out of the counterterrorism and nation-building business and stick to the battlefield where it belongs.” (World Politics Review, 3/26/21)

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