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

Aftermath of a suicide bombing in Jalalabad

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  

Beneath America’s Turbulent Relationship with Its Most Hated Ally

Rex Tillerson and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad (Wikimedia Commons)

by Abrahim Shah Relations between the United States and its erstwhile ally Pakistan can best be characterized as turbulent. Ever since Pakistan decided to entrench itself in the American camp during the Cold War, Pakistan and America have gone back… Continue Reading  

War and the Imperial Presidency

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by Danny Sjursen It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally declared war finally ended. Wars… Continue Reading  

Assessing the Afghan War

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by Derek Davison The office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released its quarterly report on the progress of the War in Afghanistan this week, accompanied by a disturbing note from its head, John Sopko: This quarter,… Continue Reading