Stabilization of Afghanistan: The Little Engine That Couldn’t

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by Diana Ohlbaum “Between 2001 and 2017, U.S. government efforts to stabilize insecure and contested areas in Afghanistan mostly failed.” Those are not my words. They’re not from some partisan pundit or ideological crusader. It’s the conclusion reached by the… Continue Reading  

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

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by Joshua Kucera Using means like television programs, fact-checking websites, and book clubs, the United States government is combatting what it sees as a Russia-directed disinformation campaign aimed at getting Georgians to abandon their Western geopolitical orientation. These efforts began… Continue Reading  

Into the Afghan Abyss (Again)

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by Alfred W. McCoy After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump’s White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and — so they insist — win. “The killers… Continue Reading  

State Department Reform: How to Avoid a Train Wreck

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by Diana Ohlbaum If nothing else, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems determined to retool the mechanics of the State Department, a process he calls “redesign. There’s a full head of steam behind reform efforts, with more than 60 reports… Continue Reading  

Loving USAID to Death

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by Diana Ohlbaum For those who recall the relentless attacks on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the recent outpouring of support for the institution and its mission is simply stunning. A discussion… Continue Reading