Reconciling with Extremists in Afghanistan

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by Edward Hunt As the war in Afghanistan enters its seventeenth year, the Trump administration has begun looking for ways to make a deal with the Taliban, offering Taliban officials leadership positions in the Afghan government. In August, President Trump… Continue Reading  

Killing Civilians in Iraq and Syria

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by Edward Hunt The ongoing effort of the United States to eradicate the Islamic State by aggressively launching airstrikes against targets that include non-combatants is causing significant harm to civilians in Iraq and Syria. Estimates of civilian deaths from airstrikes… Continue Reading  

The United States of Permanent War

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by Edward Hunt As the foreign policy establishment continues to grapple with the consequences of Trump’s election, U.S. officials can still agree on one thing. The United States is a nation that is waging a permanent war. In December 2016,… Continue Reading  

Taking Iraq’s Oil

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by Edward Hunt The leaders of the United States have provided many reasons for their numerous interventions in Iraq. President Donald Trump has focused on one thing: the United States should take the country’s oil. During late 2015, when he… Continue Reading  

The New Exterminatory Warfare

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by Edward Hunt During its final years in office, the Obama administration has devised a new form of warfare with major implications for how the U.S. government confronts its enemies. With the ability to quickly locate and eliminate potential adversaries… Continue Reading