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Shawn Snow

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.

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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Posts by Shawn Snow
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September 13, 2016

2016 Fighting Season in Afghanistan: Taliban Target Senior Ranks

By Shawn Snow
A senior Afghan police chief, General Zarawar Zahid, was killed in an IED blast on September 11.
September 10, 2016

General Raziq: Kabul’s Man in Southern Afghanistan

By Shawn Snow
The Afghan government's reliance on Abdul Raziq highlights Kabul’s reliance on warlords for its war strategy.

September 08, 2016

Tarin Kot: The City that Launched Karzai Under Threat of Collapse

By Shawn Snow
The collapse of the provincial capital would deal a significant blow to the Afghan government.

September 06, 2016

Pakistan Looks to Bloody Kabul as US Shifts to India

By Shawn Snow
ISI is waging a covert war to bloody Kabul, using its “veritable arm," the Haqqani Network, to achieve its objectives.

September 03, 2016

US Speeds Afghanistan’s Pivot to India

By Shawn Snow
Afghan attempts at establishing relations with India have generally been designed to send signals to Pakistan.
August 31, 2016

2016 Fighting Season Highlights Vulnerabilities for Afghan Forces

By Shawn Snow
Why the fortress fiefdom effect is reducing the combat capabilities of Afghan forces.

August 30, 2016

After Islam Karimov, What Next? Uzbekistan's Succession Question

By Shawn Snow
Uzbekistan's succession is set to a be a fight between clans and security institutions.
August 29, 2016

Strategic District in Paktia, Afghanistan Falls to the Taliban

By Shawn Snow
Jani Khel district, located along a strategic supply route, is overrun after a prolonged siege.

August 25, 2016

US Sends 100 Troops to Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan's Embattled Helmand Province

By Shawn Snow
The troops are on a train, advise, and assist mission, but the line between advising and combat is growing blurry.

August 23, 2016

Afghan Commandos: Afghanistan’s First, Last, and Best Line of Defense

By Shawn Snow
Commandos are the country's best hope for staving off advances from the Taliban and ISIS.

August 22, 2016

In Afghanistan, Kunduz Under Siege Once Again

By Shawn Snow
Once again, the Taliban are moving to seize control of the strategic city.
August 20, 2016

After 10 Years, US B-52H Resumes Operations in Afghanistan

By Shawn Snow
After increased rules of engagement for U.S. forces, the U.S. strategic bomber returns to Afghanistan.

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