Defense Strategy


"How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle"

Speaker: Gideon Rose
Introductory Speaker: James Dobbins

In How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, Gideon Rose argues that American leaders always forget the political aspects of war and focus more on beating up the enemy than on creating a stable postwar environment. Please join Gideon Rose to discuss his examination of the choices confronting presidents and their advisers during the final stages of each major conflict from World War I through Iraq.  

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Expert Brief

How Afghanization Can Work

Author: Linda Robinson

What is the best way to stabilize Afghanistan at a time when international forces are scaling down commitments? Putting Afghan troops in the lead of their own counterinsurgency efforts, writes CFR's Linda Robinson.

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Secretary Gates's Strategic Thinking

Colonel Gian Gentile, USA interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates's recent West Point speech promoted the need for better strategic thinking by the U.S. military to supplant a current emphasis on counterinsurgency tactics and nation building, says CFR's Gian Gentile.

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Long Road Ahead for Afghan Security Forces

Jack Kem interviewed by Greg Bruno

The transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces within four years will require a significant increase in international training efforts, but NATO's Jack Kem says coalition forces are making progress in overhauling security institutions.

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