Stephen Biddle

George Washington University / Council on Foreign Relations

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Stephen Biddle is a professor of political science and international relations at George Washington University and a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. A former associate professor at the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute and the author of Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle, Biddle also served as a member of General Stanley McChrystal's "strategic assessment group" in Afghanistan.

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This week, the Pentagon gave President Trump its  best-laid plans  to accomplish his campaign promise to accelerate the crushing of ISIS.

The defeat of ISIS: Not if… but when

This week, the Pentagon gave President Trump its best-laid plans to accomplish his campaign promise to accelerate the crushing of ISIS.

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