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Talking to the Taliban: The Trump Edition
March 27, 2018
Talking to the Taliban: The Trump Edition
Why talk to the Taliban now?
Talking to the Taliban: The Trump Edition
Kyrgyzstan Out, Central Asia In: Parsing CENTCOM’s 2018 Posture Statement
March 17, 2018
Kyrgyzstan Out, Central Asia In: Parsing CENTCOM’s 2018 Posture Statement
With a new South Asia strategy guiding operations, how does Central Asia figure into CENTCOM’s activities?
Kyrgyzstan Out, Central Asia In: Parsing CENTCOM’s 2018 Posture Statement
Trump's South Asia Strategy and Afghanistan's Political Stalemate: A Way Forward
February 27, 2018
Trump's South Asia Strategy and Afghanistan's Political Stalemate: A Way Forward
Ashraf Ghani's authoritarian tendencies have failed the Afghan people.
Trump's South Asia Strategy and Afghanistan's Political Stalemate: A Way Forward
The Kabul Hotel Attack: Moving Beyond the Blame Game
February 23, 2018
The Kabul Hotel Attack: Moving Beyond the Blame Game
Structural conditions in Afghan society provide insurgents the opportunity to escape detection.
The Kabul Hotel Attack: Moving Beyond the Blame Game
US Air Campaign in Afghanistan Hits Targets Near Tajik and Chinese Border
February 09, 2018
US Air Campaign in Afghanistan Hits Targets Near Tajik and Chinese Border
The U.S. airstrikes in Badakhshan are likely to please China, which may be helping the Afghans build a base in the region.
US Air Campaign in Afghanistan Hits Targets Near Tajik and Chinese Border
Islamic State Claims Attack on Save the Children Office in Jalalabad
January 25, 2018
Islamic State Claims Attack on Save the Children Office in Jalalabad
As of writing, official sources indicate that at least three people have been killed and 20 injured.
Islamic State Claims Attack on Save the Children Office in Jalalabad
'One Last Time': The United States and Afghanistan-Pakistan Cooperation
October 12, 2017
'One Last Time': The United States and Afghanistan-Pakistan Cooperation
Is the U.S. going to try the same approach to Pakistan -- one last time?
'One Last Time': The United States and Afghanistan-Pakistan Cooperation
What Trump Left Out of His Afghanistan Strategy: China
September 15, 2017
What Trump Left Out of His Afghanistan Strategy: China
Trump's vision of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan came off as myopic, ignoring a role for other regional powers.
What Trump Left Out of His Afghanistan Strategy: China
Trump on Pakistan: Not Quite the Best-Laid Plan
August 29, 2017
Trump on Pakistan: Not Quite the Best-Laid Plan
Washington’s least best-laid plans will invariably go awry.
Trump on Pakistan: Not Quite the Best-Laid Plan
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
August 28, 2017
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
The United States is not working on a winning strategy in Afghanistan anymore.
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
Trump’s Afghanistan Plan: Old Wine in a New Bottle
August 23, 2017
Trump’s Afghanistan Plan: Old Wine in a New Bottle
The quagmire in Afghanistan continues under a new administration bent on bombing its way to victory.
Trump’s Afghanistan Plan: Old Wine in a New Bottle
No Exit From Afghanistan: Major Takeaways From Trump's Big Speech on America's Longest War
August 22, 2017
No Exit From Afghanistan: Major Takeaways From Trump's Big Speech on America's Longest War
Counterterrorism is in and nation-building is out, but the United States still has no way out of Afghanistan.
No Exit From Afghanistan: Major Takeaways From Trump's Big Speech on America's Longest War
Privatization of Security Can Derail US-Led Stabilization of Afghanistan
August 21, 2017
Privatization of Security Can Derail US-Led Stabilization of Afghanistan
The potential for success by relying on PMCs remains uncertain.
Privatization of Security Can Derail US-Led Stabilization of Afghanistan
Is the Taliban Still a Threat to US Security?
June 23, 2017
Is the Taliban Still a Threat to US Security?
16 years later, the original rationale for the war on Afghanistan still holds true.
Is the Taliban Still a Threat to US Security?
The Trump Administration Needs to Clarify a Strategy in Afghanistan (And It's Not a Bigger Bomb)
April 14, 2017
The Trump Administration Needs to Clarify a Strategy in Afghanistan (And It's Not a Bigger Bomb)
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bumped Afghanistan back into the U.S. news cycle, but what's next?
The Trump Administration Needs to Clarify a Strategy in Afghanistan (And It's Not a Bigger Bomb)
Trump and Afghanistan: The Unwelcome Obligation
January 18, 2017
Trump and Afghanistan: The Unwelcome Obligation
When Donald Trump takes office on January 20, he will inherit an immensely problematic country and region.
Trump and Afghanistan: The Unwelcome Obligation
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