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Shawn Snow

Shawn Snow is a specialist in the political and military developments of Central and Southwest Asia focused primarily on the conflict in Afghanistan. He previously served as a signals intelligence analyst with 1st Marine Special Operations Command and as a foreign language interpreter. He completed multiple tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is a two time graduate of the Defense Language Institute specializing in Modern Standard Arabic, Persian Farsi, and Afghan Dari. Upon completing two tours of duty and a ten year career in the Marine Corps, he graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he received his M.A. in international relations and security studies.

Currently, he works in the energy field as an analyst on regulation and policy.

He is also an active writer on security and conflict issues. His works have been published in Foreign Policy, The National Interest, the Washington Post, The Hill, Military Times, Small Wars Journal, Task&Purpose, and Signal Magazine.

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President Trump and the War in Afghanistan: What You Need to Know
November 21, 2016
President Trump and the War in Afghanistan: What You Need to Know
A situation report on the current terrain.
President Trump and the War in Afghanistan: What You Need to Know
Taliban Commanders Key to Peace With Afghanistan
November 03, 2016
Taliban Commanders Key to Peace With Afghanistan
A factionalized Taliban adds another dynamic to a complicated peace process in Afghanistan.
Taliban Commanders Key to Peace With Afghanistan
Taliban Set-Backs Open Door to Peace Negotiations
November 01, 2016
Taliban Set-Backs Open Door to Peace Negotiations
A former senior aide to Mullah Omar has called on the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government.
Taliban Set-Backs Open Door to Peace Negotiations
Dostum Seeks to Cement His Position in Northern Afghanistan
October 26, 2016
Dostum Seeks to Cement His Position in Northern Afghanistan
Dostum’s military adventurism in northern Afghanistan is not to assist Kabul in its war against the Taliban.
Dostum Seeks to Cement His Position in Northern Afghanistan
NATO Trains Afghan Tactical Air Controllers as Civilian Casualties Rise
October 22, 2016
NATO Trains Afghan Tactical Air Controllers as Civilian Casualties Rise
NATO and Afghan forces continue to adapt to capability and capacity gaps.
NATO Trains Afghan Tactical Air Controllers as Civilian Casualties Rise
Spoilers and Peace in Afghanistan: Negotiating With the Taliban
October 18, 2016
Spoilers and Peace in Afghanistan: Negotiating With the Taliban
The biggest potential spoiler for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is Pakistan.
Spoilers and Peace in Afghanistan: Negotiating With the Taliban
Now Is the Time to Hit Pakistan With Sanctions
October 15, 2016
Now Is the Time to Hit Pakistan With Sanctions
It is time to put a credible threat of sanctions on the table.
Now Is the Time to Hit Pakistan With Sanctions
Pentagon Metrics on Afghan War are Useless
October 12, 2016
Pentagon Metrics on Afghan War are Useless
The U.S. strategy focused on population centers ignores historical realities of Afghan’s counterrevolutionary history.
Pentagon Metrics on Afghan War are Useless
Afghanistan: General Dostum Micromanages Kunduz War
October 11, 2016
Afghanistan: General Dostum Micromanages Kunduz War
Afghan security forces have been struggling to push the Taliban out of Kunduz city.
Afghanistan: General Dostum Micromanages Kunduz War
Afghan Forces Struggle to Hold the Line
October 07, 2016
Afghan Forces Struggle to Hold the Line
Major Afghan cities are currently surrounded and under assault by the Taliban forces.
Afghan Forces Struggle to Hold the Line
Kunduz Back in Government Control as Taliban Conduct Information Operations
October 04, 2016
Kunduz Back in Government Control as Taliban Conduct Information Operations
Afghan forces retook the city center of Kunduz on Tuesday after it was briefly taken by Taliban militants.
Kunduz Back in Government Control as Taliban Conduct Information Operations
Ghani’s Brussels Trip Overshadowed as Taliban Capture Kunduz Again
October 03, 2016
Ghani’s Brussels Trip Overshadowed as Taliban Capture Kunduz Again
The Taliban have launched yet another major assault on Kunduz.
Ghani’s Brussels Trip Overshadowed as Taliban Capture Kunduz Again
Is India Capable of a Surgical Strike in Pakistan Controlled Kashmir?
September 30, 2016
Is India Capable of a Surgical Strike in Pakistan Controlled Kashmir?
A surgical strike operation by Indian forces begs the question of the military's capability to launch such an attack.
Is India Capable of a Surgical Strike in Pakistan Controlled Kashmir?
Of Clausewitz and Rupert Smith in Kashmir
September 28, 2016
Of Clausewitz and Rupert Smith in Kashmir
How Carl von Clausewitz and Rupert Smith are both at play in Kashmir.
Of Clausewitz and Rupert Smith in Kashmir
International Pressure Continues to Mount on Pakistan
September 27, 2016
International Pressure Continues to Mount on Pakistan
Members of U.S. Congress, a general, and an Afghan ambassador are the latest to accuse Pakistan of sponsoring terror.
International Pressure Continues to Mount on Pakistan
Checkpoints Continue to Plague Afghan Security Forces
September 27, 2016
Checkpoints Continue to Plague Afghan Security Forces
The issue surrounding check points is both political and poor leadership, according to U.S. General John W. Nicholson.
Checkpoints Continue to Plague Afghan Security Forces
Pakistan Taliban Leader Killed in Paktika
September 27, 2016
Pakistan Taliban Leader Killed in Paktika
Paktika province has witnessed a recent spate of violence over the last couple months.
Pakistan Taliban Leader Killed in Paktika
Afghanistan: Taliban Threaten Tarin Kot Again
September 24, 2016
Afghanistan: Taliban Threaten Tarin Kot Again
Tarin Kot finds itself once again under threat of collapse.
Afghanistan: Taliban Threaten Tarin Kot Again
Ghani’s Deal With the Devil: Hekmatyar and Transitional Justice
September 22, 2016
Ghani’s Deal With the Devil: Hekmatyar and Transitional Justice
A long delayed, elusive agreement between the government of Afghanistan and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been inked.
Ghani’s Deal With the Devil: Hekmatyar and Transitional Justice
Analysis: Why Kashmir Matters
September 19, 2016
Analysis: Why Kashmir Matters
Why Kashmir is a major national security issue for both India and Pakistan.
Analysis: Why Kashmir Matters
17 Indian Soldiers Killed in Kashmir: India-Pakistan Tensions Heating up
September 19, 2016
17 Indian Soldiers Killed in Kashmir: India-Pakistan Tensions Heating up
As heavy pressure builds on Islamabad, Kashmir heats up.
17 Indian Soldiers Killed in Kashmir: India-Pakistan Tensions Heating up
Why Air Power Matters in Afghanistan
September 16, 2016
Why Air Power Matters in Afghanistan
Considering Afghanistan’s mountainous and formidable terrain, air support during counterinsurgency operations is vital.
Why Air Power Matters in Afghanistan
Is Pakistan Facing Growing International Isolation?
September 14, 2016
Is Pakistan Facing Growing International Isolation?
A growing chorus of states, from the United States to China, appears to be shifting away from Islamabad.
Is Pakistan Facing Growing International Isolation?
Afghanistan and Ashraf Ghani's New Internationalism
September 14, 2016
Afghanistan and Ashraf Ghani's New Internationalism
'Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the Right.'
Afghanistan and Ashraf Ghani's New Internationalism
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