Listen to CFR President Richard N. Haass discuss his new book, War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars.
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's new strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan has drawn praise from U.S. forces and international allies. But Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Adbul Rahim Wardak tells CFR.org that Washington's renewed commitment falls short of previous U.S. commitments.
Listen to William J. Fallon, former commander of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Pacific Command, reflect on his career and the lessons learned from the conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
The United States Government Accountability Office Defense Management February 2009 report (No:09-181) to the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives.
Max Boot discusses Defense Secretary Robert Gates's proposed defense agenda.
Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells CFR.org in an exclusive interview that the mission in Afghanistan needs an increased nonmilitary commitment from NATO to succeed.
CFR's Stephen Biddle says President Obama's decision to add four thousand troops to train Afghan troops is "a reasonable first step" but that Obama faces huge challenges in standing up a viable Afghan army.
Micah Zenko argues that increased Predator drone strikes in Pakistan would be counterproductive to antiterrorism efforts in the region.
The Department of Defense revised their protocol on DoD's role in humanitarian assistence on March 17, 2009.
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.
Colonel Stephen Mariano and Major Charles O'Brian say the Department of Defense must "further develop other smart power concepts."
Max Boot reviews The Accidental Guerilla, by David Kilcullen.
Daniel Volman and William Minter write about what shaping a new U.S. security policy toward Africa requires.
Max Boot, Frederick Kagan, and Kimberly Kagan argue that more needs to be done in Afghanistan to develop a comprehensive counterinsurgency plan.
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.
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.
Max Boot warns that many prominent arguments regarding the situation in Afghanistan "lead us in precisely the wrong direction."
Baker Spring and Mackenzie Eaglen lay out the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) strategy that will be released by the Department of Defense in one year.
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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