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One casualty of the latest U.S.-Pakistani frictions is the cutoff of critical supply routes for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, raising questions about cooperation in the region.
In Canberra, President Obama announced an expansion of defense ties, but it has prompted debate among Australian analysts over balancing a strategic U.S. alliance with growing economic ties with Beijing.
U.S. President Barack Obama's new Afghan strategy is expected to include an influx of more than thirty thousand troops and an exit plan. He faces the challenge of selling this approach to war-weary publics.
As President Barack Obama ponders his next move in Afghanistan, civilian and military strategists are pushing different approaches on the way forward in a war soon to become America's longest.
Amid fresh signs U.S. military leaders are expected to request more troops for the Afghan war, debate continues to mount over Afghanistan's importance to U.S. security.
The top commander in Afghanistan has called for a new strategy, and possibly more troops. But some analysts wonder whether the nearly eight-year-old war is still worth fighting.
A new wave of sectarian violence has broken out in Iraq as the United States shifts its military and strategic focus to Afghanistan. Analysts warn new tensions could complicate withdrawal plans.
President Obama says ending the war in Iraq will require a new definition of victory, and experts add that the United States should expect no peace dividend in its budget anytime soon.
President Barack Obama asserted throughout his campaign that Afghanistan, not Iraq, was the main front in the "war on terror." He now faces calls for revamping U.S. strategy in that country amid myriad setbacks.
President-elect Barack Obama has vowed to intensify the war effort in Afghanistan, but experts say beyond military might, victory will require a revived regional role and reformed reconstruction moves.
Pakistan faces increasing pressure to crack down on militants linked to attacks in Afghanistan. Experts urge Western caution in dealing with the tribal areas.
The promotion of General Petraeus to Centcom chief could have profound implications for Washington's long-term strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As military and political leaders debate future U.S. troop commitments to Iraq, the next U.S. president is put on notice.
Military and political leaders debate the United States' future troop commitments to Iraq and the extent to which 'victory' can ever be defined there.
The extension of the Mahdi Army militia’s cease-fire could improve security in Iraq, but it may also be a smart tactical move for a powerful foe.
On the anniversary of President Bush’s surge plan for Iraq, some analysts question how lasting its progress will prove.
The top U.S. officials in Iraq give sober but hopeful testimony to Congress on stabilizing Iraq, saying a large U.S. troop presence remains vital.
An expanded role for the UN in Iraq could aid efforts to reach political consensus, but some UN officials and American policymakers remain skeptical.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
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