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FP: Drone Wars

Author: C. Christine Fair

C. Christine Fair, assistant professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, offers a look at the true and false behind arguments against the United States' use of drone airstrikes.

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Center for a New American Security: Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan

Authors: Major General Michael T. Flynn, Matt Pottinger, and Paul Batchelor

This Center for a New American Security paper, discusses the signficance of the U.S. intelligence community to the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan and recommends a reorientation of focus from the "enemy" to the Afghan people.

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YaleGlobal: A Dangerous Void in Pakistan

Author: Ahmed Rashid

Three rival Pakistani Taliban leaders have formed a new alliance called the Shura-e-Ittehad ul Mujaheddin or Council of United Holy Warriors. The new council aims to broker ceasefires with the Pakistan army so that both the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban can concentrate their firepower on the 17,000 new U.S. troops being sent to Afghanistan in spring 2009 by the Obama administration.

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