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The State Department's Hit List in Afghanistan/Pakistan

The State Department's Hit List in Afghanistan/Pakistan

Every day I get emailed all the press briefings from the US State Department and yesterday, I found this in my inbox:  The State Department has put up bounties of several million dollars, under the Rewards for Justice program, for three men with connections to Al Qaeda, Abu Yahya al-Libi, Baitullah Mehsud, and Sirajuddin Haqqani. […]

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Pakistan's ISI Still in Bed with the Taliban

Ugh.  That is the only word that really sums up the feelings of frustration regarding the latest report from unnamed American government officials detailing support given to the Taliban by Pakistani military intelligence officials.  The US officials, which of course were not named because this information is supposedly not to become public, stated that Pakistan’s […]

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Great Decisions for Afghanistan

Great Decisions for Afghanistan

Last night I led my local Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decision discussion group on the Afghanistan/Pakistan conflict.  My presentation largely stemmed from FPA’s Great Decision article written by Afghan expert and US government consultant on Afghanistan, Barnett R. Rubin, and an accompanying video debating the key issues of the conflict. I strongly recommend getting the […]

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Out and In: Gelb Vs. Boot, Kagan, & Kagan

Today’s New York Times featured two contrasting views of how the US should fight the Afghan insurgency and prevent international terrorism from breeding in the region. Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, while asserting that defeating the Taliban threat is ‘not achievable’, argues for a steady military drawback from the conflict, […]

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Negotiating with the Taliban: Obama and the “Reconcilables”

Negotiating with the Taliban: Obama and the “Reconcilables”

In an Air Force One interview session, President Obama opened the proverbial door to negotiating with the segments of the Taliban. He was vague about who the ‘Taliban’ was and how to go about it, but its definitely on his Afghan policy workbench. Though he offered few details, Obama was well aware that such a […]

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Election Back On!

Election Back On!

Just weeks after the Afghan Election Commission, United Nations, and the US government stated that they believe it best to delay the presidential elections until August, President Karzai issued a decree on Saturday ordering that all elections be held in accordance with the Constitution, that is, this April or May. The main reasons given the […]

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Drones Doing Their Job Maybe Too Well

Drones Doing Their Job Maybe Too Well

Pakistani intelligence officials briefed the US military yesterday and though they agreed that American drone attacks were degrading Al Qaeda’s leaders and more importantly their ability to foment far reaching violence, that the radical group, partnered with the Taliban, was increasingly destabilizing the Pakistani state.  As much as the US desires a stable (and free?) […]

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FPA Blogs and Afghanistan

*Update: Here is my review of Adeeb Khalid’s ‘Islam after Communism’ on the CA site. Josh Hammer of FPA’s ‘Terrorism‘ blog, wrote a fierce criticism of the Pakistani governments move to grant the Swat region autonomy. Hammer rightly fears that this may lead to other such claims of autonomy in the tribal areas of Afghanistan/Pakistan […]

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US-Afghanistan: Troop Surge and Strategy Fallback

US-Afghanistan: Troop Surge and Strategy Fallback

**Welcome!!!  My Foreign Policy Association ‘Afghanistan and Central Asia’ blog has been split in two and I will be the main blog writer for this Afghanistan blog.  I will write up a quick summary of what I plan to cover and emphasize on this site in the next couple days.  Glad you’re here.** President Obama fulfilled one […]

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