Defense Strategy

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

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.  

For more information on How Wars End, visit: http://www.cfr.org/publication/22995

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Rebalancing and Reforming Defense: Quadrennial Defense Review 2010

Every four years, the U.S. Department of Defense conducts a congressionally mandated review of national defense strategy and priorities known as the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As the Pentagon concludes its 2010 QDR–the second such review to be conducted in wartime and the first of the Obama administration–join Michèle Flournoy for an assessment of defense policy over the short and long term.

 

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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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