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Matthew Porter tours the ambitions and objectives of Iran and Hezbollah.  Porter takes a glance back at history to provide context for the activities leading up to the current situation.  His insight leads to an intriguing analysis of the current quest for Nuclear weapons.

Next, Iran continues under the lens as Kara Zemlock offers a assessment of the US’s Containment Policy with respect to this rogue nation.  She provides a backdrop discussion of Iran’s evolution as a rogue state followed by a catalogue of efforts by US policymakers ever changing efforts to mitigate the risk of this rogue.

Jeff Cuddlington turns attention to a tradecraft issue as he comments on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.  Cuddlington launches into the topic by applying a modified SWOT analysis to the current situation facing the Intelligence Community.  He then concentration on the challenges of penetrating denied areas offering up insight into the unique concerns surrounding the Intelligence Community in such locations.

Moving on, Quentin Bushon provides a valuable exploration of the conundrum of false confessions.  His case study methodology offers a key to unlock a mystery of human nature.  Bushon marches through the latest academic, sociological and psychology research bearing on the topic as well as applies these to a fair number of law enforcement and judicial settings. 

And closing out this edition is Garret McDonald’s treatment of Vorovski Mir.  McDonald provides a historical overview of the development of the vory from its origin in the GULag camps through its current power struggle for organizational stability in the twenty-first century.  A helpful contribution to understanding the ever changing world of global organized crime.