The governance gaps that armed insurgents fill

A brief but interesting TED talk by policy analyst Benedetta Berti about when and why armed groups (insurgents, militias, terrorists) get involved in politics and start providing social services. She notes that war has changed: it less often involves a state fighting a state. “Of the 216 peace agreements signed between 1975 and 2011, 196 of them were between …

Operation Mincemeat: an elaborately staged deceit

Former CIA director Allen W Dulles’ book about the intelligence business gives an example of how a rigged accident can be used to feed fake information to the enemy. His example, Operation Mincemeat, as it turns out, is a well-known one told in the 1950s book ‘‘The Man Who Never Was’ and the movie of the …