The CIA, Secret Armies, and America's Shadow Wars

Mark Mazzetti, National Security Correspondent, The New York Times. Moderated by Merrick Axel.

A significant change in American warfare has taken place away from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, in the corners of the world where large armies can’t go. Over the past decade, the increased usage of clandestine tactics – special ops, private assassins, spies, and proxy armies – has blurred the lines between the CIA and the military. Mark Mazzetti argues that the CIA and the Pentagon have been battling for supremacy as they operate in far flung locations like Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and North Africa. Is this the way of war for years to come? What are the costs of these shadow conflicts?

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His latest book, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, A Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.