Pakistan Elections—Maybe Good News for Pakistan, But Not for U.S.

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by Graham E. Fuller A bold new political face has come to power in the recent Pakistani elections, possibly offering the US a new opportunity in that country. Sadly the opportunity will likely be squandered—again. There’s something about Pakistani and… Continue Reading  

Counterproductive Counterterrorism in Afghanistan and Yemen

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by Paul R. Pillar Fighting terrorism has been the most commonly invoked rationale for U.S. involvement in overseas military conflicts during the past two decades. But much of that involvement has sustained and strengthened, rather than weakened, international terrorism. Recent… Continue Reading  

Building on Afghanistan’s Fleeting Ceasefire

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by International Crisis Group For three days over the Eid al-Fitr holiday, Afghanistan witnessed an historic ceasefire by the main parties to its decades-long and ever bloodier conflict. A steep drop in violence brought a brief sense of normalcy to… Continue Reading  

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  

The War in Afghanistan is Killing More People Than Ever

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by Edward Hunt Seventeen years into the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history, violence has never been worse. In 2017, more than 20,000 Afghans died, a new record. The dead include an estimated 10,000 Afghan security forces,… Continue Reading