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January 17, 2013

Trans-Saharan Challenges: Smuggling, Terrorism, and the Struggle for a State (Part 1)

A while back I had to write a term paper for one of my history classes. I really wanted to do a cross-historical comparison between the Trans-Saharan trade routes of the past and the modern smuggling routes used by drug traffickers and terrorists. One of the limitations of academia (or strength depending on your perspective) is that there is this strange gap where political science, history, and journalism do not quite merry up with each other.

Journalism doesn’t care about history very much. Political Science often ignores historical precedents and anecdotal evidence on the ground, and history is by its nature going to be 20 years or more behind the power curve because someone has to write white papers and PhD dissertations before the information can be cited as a source.


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is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • PONI

    @momengineer I saw that the day of actually. Came across it in all my Benghazi studies. Sorry I didn't get back with you yesterday, wasn't around the Internets. lol

  • ArcticWarrior

    @dmalert    @Old PH2  @TheAtrium  Djoser is what 5000 years old? and Nineva's old city goes back 6-8000

  • Sonnys Mom

    "Doin' the investigative reporting that American journalists just won't do!"   NICE JOB!

  • dmalert

    @ArcticWarrior  @Old PH2  @TheAtrium Pyramids predate Ninevah

  • dmalert

    Another great article Jack - thanks for taking the time to write it up.