This Washington Quarterly piece outlines the conflicting loyalties the Pakistani government faces in its efforts to forestall Taliban and Indian threats and preserve relations with the United States, and the resulting consequences for its international partners.
In light of potentially insurmountable challenges to Obama's Afghanistan plan, Michale O'Hanlon and Bruce Ridel express alarm over alternative propositions that emphasize targeted counterterrorism operations, and outline their own fallback option. (Washington Quarterly)
Islamists are too important to be left without a well-crafted American strategy. This study seeks to understand how the Obama administration should formulate a multi-faceted and multi-layered policy toward these different Islamist groups and formations.
John B. Bellinger III argues that the 112th Congress must update and clarify the legal authority for U.S. military and intelligence agencies to kill and detain terrorists who threaten the United States.
This RFE/ RL portrait of an Afghan village on the front lines of the fight to prevent the Taliban from spreading futher north in Konduz Province depicts the challenges that local opponents of the Taliban face.
In dissecting how U.S. forces pushed out Taliban forces from the Nawa community in Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran finds the key to U.S. counterinsurgency success in the dozen southern Afghan communities that allied forces are currently contesting.
The Supreme Court's upholding of bans on "material support" for foreign terror groups, even involving legal activities, reflects a further post-9/11 broadening of federal powers, writes CFR's Matthew C. Waxman.
State policies permitting the use of targeted killings are often justified as a necessary and legitimate response to "terrorism" and "asymmetric warfare," but have had the very problematic effect of blurring and expanding the boundaries of the applicable legal frameworks. This report describes the new targeted killing policies and addresses the main legal issues that have arisen.
After months of harsh words, the White House's conciliatory tone during the Afghan president's visit was calibrated to encourage Karzai to behave more like a "wartime leader and less like an innocent bystander," says CFR's Stephen Biddle.
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The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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