LTC Sangari, CEO NEC-SE, guest view: To understand foreign policy, understand backyard wars


Simply put, backyard states commonly dislike being backyard states and are opposed to viewing themselves as such. Failure to consider the sociopolitical history of a state can lead to increasing tension. Identifying and exploiting backyard tensions/friction points among rival powers can be critical to a nation’s survival.

Nevertheless, they must be understood if we are to develop a long-term strategic perspective to utilize our resources more effectively in these disputes, thus identifying and unraveling the friction points to achieve productive long-term results and avoid a repeat of past missteps.”

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