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.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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