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2016 Fighting Season Highlights Vulnerabilities for Afghan Forces
August 31, 2016
2016 Fighting Season Highlights Vulnerabilities for Afghan Forces
Why the fortress fiefdom effect is reducing the combat capabilities of Afghan forces.
2016 Fighting Season Highlights Vulnerabilities for Afghan Forces
After Islam Karimov, What Next? Uzbekistan's Succession Question
August 30, 2016
After Islam Karimov, What Next? Uzbekistan's Succession Question
Uzbekistan's succession is set to a be a fight between clans and security institutions.
After Islam Karimov, What Next? Uzbekistan's Succession Question
Strategic District in Paktia, Afghanistan Falls to the Taliban
August 29, 2016
Strategic District in Paktia, Afghanistan Falls to the Taliban
Jani Khel district, located along a strategic supply route, is overrun after a prolonged siege.
Strategic District in Paktia, Afghanistan Falls to the Taliban
Double Dealing and Carnage in Pakistan
August 29, 2016
Double Dealing and Carnage in Pakistan
The recent Quetta bombing underscores the failure that is Pakistan’s anti-terror policy.
Double Dealing and Carnage in Pakistan
Succession Question Looms Larger Than Ever as Uzbek Government Confirms President Hospitalized
August 29, 2016
Succession Question Looms Larger Than Ever as Uzbek Government Confirms President Hospitalized
Confirming Karimov's hospitalization is big news. Tashkent has never before admitted the president could be in ill-health.
Succession Question Looms Larger Than Ever as Uzbek Government Confirms President Hospitalized
Guam: Where the US Military Is Revered and Reviled
August 29, 2016
Guam: Where the US Military Is Revered and Reviled
As the U.S. military plans to nearly double its presence on Guam, indigenous people say "no more."
Guam: Where the US Military Is Revered and Reviled
3 Problems with War and Strategy in Medieval India
August 27, 2016
3 Problems with War and Strategy in Medieval India
Indian armies over the past millennium seemed to have constantly grappled with three primary problems.
3 Problems with War and Strategy in Medieval India
Afghan Air Force Now Operates 27 New US Attack Helicopters
August 27, 2016
Afghan Air Force Now Operates 27 New US Attack Helicopters
The Afghan Air Force recently took delivery of the last batch of U.S.-made MD530F light attack helicopters.
Afghan Air Force Now Operates 27 New US Attack Helicopters
US Assistance to Pakistan Set to Fall to Lowest Level Since 2007
August 27, 2016
US Assistance to Pakistan Set to Fall to Lowest Level Since 2007
The decline in U.S. assistance isn't surprising given broader regional geopolitical trends and alignments.
US Assistance to Pakistan Set to Fall to Lowest Level Since 2007
The Economic Toll of Afghanistan's Refugee Crisis
August 26, 2016
The Economic Toll of Afghanistan's Refugee Crisis
A staggering number of migrants and IDPs negatively impact the macroeconomy of Afghanistan.
The Economic Toll of Afghanistan's Refugee Crisis
Afghanistan: What Is Abdullah’s Problem?
August 26, 2016
Afghanistan: What Is Abdullah’s Problem?
The discord between the country’s two top leaders could have grave consequences.
Afghanistan: What Is Abdullah’s Problem?
US To Send $60 Million Arms Package to Afghanistan
August 26, 2016
US To Send $60 Million Arms Package to Afghanistan
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are slated to receive over 5,000 new rifles and machine guns.
US To Send $60 Million Arms Package to Afghanistan
Who Is Skipping the World Nomad Games?
August 26, 2016
Who Is Skipping the World Nomad Games?
The official website lists 53 nations, but Uzbekistan isn't on the list.
Who Is Skipping the World Nomad Games?
Learning From China’s Foreign Aid Model
August 25, 2016
Learning From China’s Foreign Aid Model
China's aid strategy contradicts the Western approach, but is arguably more effective in achieving development goals.
Learning From China’s Foreign Aid Model
In Tajikistan, Persecution Is a Family Affair
August 25, 2016
In Tajikistan, Persecution Is a Family Affair
Dushanbe continues to pursue its opponents, targeting their lawyers and families now that the core IRPT is in jail.
In Tajikistan, Persecution Is a Family Affair
India: Delivery of 4th Combat Helicopter to Afghanistan Faces Delay
August 25, 2016
India: Delivery of 4th Combat Helicopter to Afghanistan Faces Delay
The last of four helicopters remains grounded due to missing spare parts.
India: Delivery of 4th Combat Helicopter to Afghanistan Faces Delay
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