U.S.-Taliban Talks Set to Begin

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News Nearly 12 years after the United States ousted the Taliban from power, the White House announced Tuesday that the United States will begin formal talks with the militant Islamist group in Qatar later this… Continue Reading  

AfPak Insider Dissects Obama’s Policy Missteps

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by Robert E. Hunter Publication this month of Vali Nasr’s The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, could not have been better timed. The US and the NATO allies are in the process of disengaging from Afghanistan — however… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan: How to Wind Down

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by Henry Precht Two US service members were killed and at least eight others injured Monday in an insider attack at a Special Forces site in Afghanistan. The Taliban asserted responsibility. This incident would seem to nullify President Hamid Karzai’s… Continue Reading  

Wolfowitz Endorses Flournoy; Cornyn, Jenn Rubin Can’t Read

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Two interesting — but little-noted — developments on the Hagel front over the last couple of days. First, Paul Wolfowitz endorsed former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy to replace Leon Panetta based on her understanding of and advocacy… Continue Reading  

Drones and COIN, Post-Petraeus

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By Paul Mutter In what is sure to be one of the most glaringly obvious headlines written about the General Petraeus-Paula Broadwell affair, the Washington Post writes: “Petraeus hoped affair would stay secret and he could keep his job as… Continue Reading