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Washington Post reporting exposed that U.S. operations in Afghanistan were horribly mismanaged, but even a well-run mission would have been doomed to fail.
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita
Wars may begin like they always have, but they no longer end as they once did. We need an ethics of war termination to hold politicians accountable.
In 1978, Afghanistan had achieved food security for a population of 15 million. Today, Afghanistan is extremely dependent on aid and imports.
Graciana del Castillo
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed discusses the findings of his research into U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and their effects on the region.
Any story of war is a story of elites preying on the weak, the gullible, the marginal, the poor.
An Interview with Rajiv Chandrasekaran
David V. Johnson
Coming home after Navy Seal duty.
History shows that forcing rulers from power rarely works. Even apparently successful regime changes often leads to bitter civil war.
Alexander B. Downes
News of Osama bin Laden’s killing by U.S. special forces at a compound near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad has sunk in. News of al Qaeda’s demise, on the other hand, has not.
Fawaz A. Gerges
Counterinsurgency doesn’t make sense. It asks soldiers, concerned primarily with survival, to be Wyatt Earp and Mother Theresa.
Can a colonialist strategy be reinvented?
Afghan elites face a corrosive past.
Barnett R. Rubin
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Bram Wispelwey, Michelle Morse
Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
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