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Sean McFate

Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Sean McFate is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and co-author of Shadow War: A Tom Locke Novel.
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A Mercenary-Led Surge Won’t Solve Afghanistan

July 17, 2017 Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at war since 2001, spending billions along the way. The big idea here is that they could extricate U.S....

The 'Blackwater 2.0' Plan for Afghanistan

July 17, 2017 Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at war since 2001, spending billions along the way. The big idea here is that they could extricate U.S....

The Hidden Costs of America's Addiction to Mercenaries

August 15, 2016 A decade ago, I found myself in a precarious position. I was in Burundi, sipping a Coke with Domitien Ndayizeye, the country’s then-president, U.S. Ambassador Jim Yellin, and several others. We had an emerging catastrophe on our hands. Ten years earlier, the Rwandan genocide left a trail of ash and...