Foreign Affairs Article

Can the War on Terror Be Won?

Author: Philip Gordon

It can, but only if U.S. officials start to think clearly about what success in the war on terror would actually look like. Victory will come only when Washington succeeds in discrediting the terrorists' ideology and undermining their support. These achievements, in turn, will require accepting that the terrorist threat can never be eradicated completely and that acting as though it can will only make it worse.

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Foreign Policy Research Institute: Ten Counterinsurgency Commandments from Afghanistan

Author: Greg Mills

The Foreign Policy Research Institute presents this analysis by Greg Mills, head of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation (he was from May-September 2006, seconded to ISAF HQ in Kabul as a special adviser to the Commander). He argues that  scrutinizing the past has limited benefit in dealing with a modern, complex insurgency, where the insurgent faces a national government but with a complex range of multinational governmental and nongovernmental actors involved in the security and development effort. He says domestic insurgencies have to be confronted internationally and in many dimensions with unprecedented demands for intelligence gathering and analysis, interoperability and flexibility, and cultural sensitivity and understanding.

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Defense News: Misdirected Tactics: Counterinsurgency Focus Misses Big Picture in Iraq

Author: Richard May

This commentary originally published in Defense News in late March and now hosted by the Center For Defense Information says that the US military is employing a strategy of counterinsurgency in Iraq, led by the general who developed the doctrine, but that a counterinsurgency strategy only addresses one part of the complex environment that is Iraq.

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