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Dealing with the Haqqanis

Dealing with the Haqqanis

The current U.S. strategy to confront its antagonists reflects a decade of missteps and misunderstandings.

Doha Peace Agreement: Khartoum and the Rebel Groups' Moment of Truth

If the Bashir administration allows the Doha agreement to become a meaningless piece of paper, all semblance of regional trust could be destroyed.
The Dual Failure of Night Raids and Drones

The Dual Failure of Night Raids and Drones

The military thinks it has a winning combination, but night raids and drones are actually helping to lose the war in Afghanistan.
Review: The Wars of Afghanistan

Review: The Wars of Afghanistan

The Obama administration can still learn from the errors of its predecessors in Afghanistan.
Reduce Corruption, Defeat the Taliban

Reduce Corruption, Defeat the Taliban

The United States wants to negotiate with the Taliban from a position of strength. But reining in Afghan government corruption, not applying ever more military pressure, is the key to gaining a strong hand.

Cutting Aid to Pakistan More Than Justified

You think the 1985 Pressler amendment -- which banned most U.S. aid to Pakistan unless U.S. certified it had no nuclear weapons -- made Pakistan mad?

Obama's Noble Sentiments About Afghanistan Undermined by Meager Drawdown

In his speech about Afghanistan there was a serious disconnect between President Obama's rhetoric and plans.
Afghanistan: Going through Withdrawal

Afghanistan: Going through Withdrawal

As the president clarifies his plan for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the most important thing is not the what or the when but the how.