Category Archives: Humanitarian Issues

Afghanistan, Pakistan Declare New Trust in U.S. Talks

I mentioned two weeks ago that Pakistan, in the wake of the Kabul terrorist attacks and with insurgent activities increasing, would have to start talking very seriously with the U.S. and with Afghanistan. Consequently, it was not entirely unexpected that … Continue reading

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A Turnaround Strategy

Fareed Zakaria points out that Coalition Forces have to work hard to prevent creating “accidental guerillas”, in a conflict that seems to be going much less well than many think. However, he believes that the war in Afghanistan is not … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Is Not Vietnam

Frederick W. Kagan discusses the dissimilarities between the Vietnam War and Afghanistan, offering points on how to avoid the 21st century conflict from taking turns in similar directions. He agrees that the counterinsurgency approach is feasible and that in order … Continue reading

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Obama’s Vietnam

John Barry and Evan Thomas express their view on how Afghanistan is starting to eerily look like Vietnam. http://www.newsweek.com/id/182650/output/print

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Counterinsurgency Field Manual: Afghanistan Edition

This ForeignPolicy.com article discusses the implementation of the recently updated U.S. counterinsurgency methods in Afghanistan. The second part of the article is an interview with General David Petraeus. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4587

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Taliban Militants Attack Kabul

I remember discussing last November that the Mumbai terrorists attacks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai_attacks) had far-reaching implications in the international fight against terrorism. Besides obviously being a human tragedy, the attacks served as an encouragement for other extremist groups to plan similar violent … Continue reading

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