Defense Strategy

Analysis Brief

New Perils in Iraq

Author: Greg Bruno

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.

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Article

Yes, We Can

Authors: Max Boot, Frederick W. Kagan, and Kimberly Kagan
Weekly Standard

After visiting Afghanistan at the invitation of General David Petraeus, Max Boot, Frederick Kagan, and Kimberly Kagan discuss their observations of the conflict in the region and contend that while there is cause for concern, the situation is likely to improve.

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Analysis Brief

A Costly Exit from Iraq

Author: Greg Bruno

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.

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YaleGlobal: A Dangerous Void in Pakistan

Author: Ahmed Rashid

Three rival Pakistani Taliban leaders have formed a new alliance called the Shura-e-Ittehad ul Mujaheddin or Council of United Holy Warriors. The new council aims to broker ceasefires with the Pakistan army so that both the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban can concentrate their firepower on the 17,000 new U.S. troops being sent to Afghanistan in spring 2009 by the Obama administration.

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