April 16, 2018
How Economic Growth Can Help Defeat Terrorism in Afghanistan
By M. Ashraf Haidari
The campaign for Afghanistan's economy must stand on equal footing with the counterterrorism campaign.
September 20, 2017
Afghanistan: A Civil War State of Mind
By Kevin Laiveling
By hunkering down, the U.S. and Afghan governments hope to eventually bring the Taliban to the table.
August 09, 2017
A Trial Balloon Over Mindanao: The Philippines Weighs US UCAVs in Counterinsurgency
By Blanchard E. Neuman
Would U.S. unmanned combat aerial vehicles change the game in Mindanao counterinsurgency?
November 03, 2015
Can the Counterinsurgency Doctrine Be Saved?
By Karsten Friis
After failures in Afghanistan and Iraq, it's time for a new understanding of counterinsurgency.
January 30, 2015
We No Longer Know What is Happening With the War in Afghanistan
By Franz-Stefan Gady
A new report by a US government watchdog attacks the over-classification regime of the Pentagon in Afghanistan.
January 24, 2015
Outgoing US Defense Secretary Hagel Warns of Limits of Military Power
By Franz-Stefan Gady
Hagel's departing shots should be seen as an incentive for self-reflection in the White House.
June 18, 2014
Washington's Worst and Least-Bad Options in Iraq
By Ankit Panda
ISIS is making progress in Iraq, and the United States has no good options for stopping it.
July 22, 2013
The Insurgents’ Head Game
Weak actors prevail in conflict by convincing the strong of what they can’t do-namely, win.
January 28, 2013
Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: A Contest for Political Legitimacy
“After promising the world to win the sympathies of the people, the victor must deliver.”
January 16, 2013
Counterinsurgency, Politics and War
“…the burden on the government is heavy, whereas the insurgent often gets off scot-free.”
January 11, 2013
Japan's COIN Experience
Japan’s World War II experience with counterinsurgency or COIN is a horrific tale that offers painful historical lessons.
September 06, 2012
Why Drone Strikes Cede 'Hearts and Minds' to Taliban
An incident in Kunar illustrates how NATO’s confused approach to counterinsurgency in Afghanistan is failing to meet its objectives.
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