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The Bear Comes Back Over the Mountain

The Bear Comes Back Over the Mountain

Russia looks to do its part for Afghanistan, and itself
While trigger-happy drones do their part to smooth a coming US drawdown in Afghanistan, pundits and diplomats alike nervously pace the green rooms of news and late-night talk shows. What will a counter-insurgency look like without a stabilizing super power? …

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Bowe Bergdahl: Remembering the Forgotten Man

Bowe Bergdahl: Remembering the Forgotten Man

Why is the captured U.S. soldier not part of the strategic release program in Afghanistan?
Update (May 9, 2012):  Confirming earlier speculation, the parents of Bowe Bergdahl today announced that he is a focus of now-stalled negotiations between the United States and the Taliban over a proposed exchange of Guantanamo Bay …

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A Perspective on The War in Afghanistan: Four Pictures of an Af/Pak Deal

A Perspective on The War in Afghanistan: Four Pictures of an Af/Pak Deal





The deal President Obama recently signed in Kabul with his Afghan counterpart President Hamid Karzai ostensibly sequesters U.S troops on the ground in Afghanistan for the next twelve years. And then in 2024, so the story goes, the …

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An Afghan Pharmaceutical Empire?

An Afghan Pharmaceutical Empire?

With the United States and NATO making plans to draw down most of their troops over the next few years, Afghanistan faces a precarious future. While the military situation has improved, insurgency continues; the government’s authority extends little beyond the capital; foreign aid accounts for 80 percent of the national budget; …

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In Conflict Zones, Elusive Facts

In Conflict Zones, Elusive Facts

In the maelstrom of conflict reporting from different corners of the globe, and its analysis and resultant policy-setting by major powers, the local scorecard is often unclear. If insurgents control six out of ten villages in a district, are they winning? Many would say yes. But if we knew that …

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Afghanistan War Support and the Commander in Chief

Afghanistan War Support and the Commander in Chief


You may have heard that things are going poorly in Afghanistan. Is it true, maybe, maybe not. In either case, what you likely have not heard is any of this from President Obama. The President has spoken very little of the war in Afghanistan to the …

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Is the Koran Burning Afghanistan’s Dum Dum Moment?

Is the Koran Burning Afghanistan’s Dum Dum Moment?

The following is a guest post by Foreign Policy Association and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Sarwar Kashmeri.

In 1857 the East India Company, a British corporation that had colonized India for a hundred years, introduced the latest version of its service cartridge at the village of Dum Dum outside Calcutta. …

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Don’t Pull NATO Advisors

Don’t Pull NATO Advisors

The shooting of two American officers in the Ministry of the Interior in Kabul this last Saturday was a shocking and disturbing event. If however NATO pulls its advisors out of ministries, while understandable, it would be a disappointing precedent and undermine progress and modernization in an evolving Afghanistan.
As stability …

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Former President and Anti-Taliban Leader Rabbani Assassinated

Former President and Anti-Taliban Leader Rabbani Assassinated


The assassination of former President Burhanuddin Rabbani is a signal of things to come: the Taliban have demonstrated that they have upper the hand over the Afghan military and police. The Taliban have shown that they are not weakening and that they will not settle the conflict …

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A Counterfactual Afghanistan

A Counterfactual Afghanistan


Ten years ago the story of the Taliban as a criminal organization began its unfolding international public narrative. Ten years ago the story of Islamist rebellion and insurgency in Afghanistan dovetailed directly with the story of American politics in the 21st century. That story is run through …

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Mullah Omar Delivers Strategic Message Before Eid

Mullah Omar Delivers Strategic Message Before Eid


On the occasion of Eid, the celebration at the end of the month of Ramadan, Mullah Omar declared the Taliban are willing to deal politically with the U.S and President Karzai’s government Kabul. The Taliban leader let it be known that even though he is …

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On the Taliban’s Strategic Offensive Against Civilian Targets

On the Taliban’s Strategic Offensive Against Civilian Targets


The report of the deadly twinned attack against the British Council in Kabul this morning serve to confirm the hypothesis that militants associated with the Taliban are ramping up their strategy to target civilians as well as military assets. The Taliban have claimed direct responsibility …

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Afghanistan’s Politics in Turmoil After String of Assassinations

Afghanistan’s  Politics in Turmoil After String of Assassinations


Afghanistan seems to be sinking- that is, whatever there is left to sink. Earlier this month, the King of Kandahar, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was assassinated and predictable political exchange immediately ground to a halt. The powerful thorn on the side of Afghan pols, General David Petraeus, left …

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Ahmed Wali Karzai, “The King of Kandahar” Assassinated

Ahmed Wali Karzai, “The King of Kandahar” Assassinated


Ahmed Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai’s half-brother and, seemingly, sole proprietor of Kandahar-the birth place of the Taliban in Afghanistan–has been assassinated by a close family associate. The reason behind the assassination has not been revealed.
This news fundamentally roils politics, strategy and hedging in and …

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‘Kayani has real power in Pakistan’

‘Kayani has real power in Pakistan’

Courtesy: Dawn.com
Sixty-eight year old Bob Woodward, an associate editor at the Washington Post, is considered one of America’s most informed investigative journalists. In 1972, his disclosure and consistent reporting with Carl Bernstein of the Watergate Scandal led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Woodward, a Pulitzer …

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