Stephen Biddle and Max Boot, who have both recently been in Iraq , discuss the troop surge.
The Power and Interest News Report website analyses the prospect of US withdrawal fromIraqin the event that the surge policy is deemed to have failed. It argues that such a withdrawal is inevitable, as the ‘surge’ policy, although well-founded in principle, is "too little, too late."
The British have announced they will draw down their troops just as the United States begins its 'surge.' Their claims to have pacified Iraq's southern region are widely doubted.
Facing historically low approval ratings, George W. Bush insisted in his yearly State of the Union address that progress in Iraq was possible but his strategy faces challenge by Congress.
Congressional Research Service report analyzing the security background to President Bush's announcement on January 10 of a deployment of an additional 21,500 US forces to help stabilize Baghdad and restive Anbar Province, as well as other measures to create jobs and promote political reconciliation.
Transcript of a discussion arranged by the Brookings Institution, examining the risks and challenges of the reinforcement of US troops in Iraq.
President Bush, admitting mistakes in Iraq, announced an increase of 21,500 troops to secure Baghdad and Anbar and pressed Iraqi leaders to meet governance benchmarks. A skeptical Democratic majority in Congress plans hearings to scrutinize administration policy.
President Bush and his new defense secretary have been noncommital on a change in troop moves in Iraq but new deployments are expected to be part of the administration’s strategy shift.
President Bush and Prime Minister Blair discussed a "new way forward" in Iraq, but revealed little of their thinking in the wake of the Iraq Study Group’s report.
Democrats regained a majority in the House and effective control of the Senate after a midterm election which turned, as much as anything, on the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq.
Amid calls for a redeployment of troops, officials in Washington and Baghdad point to the end of 2007 as the critical juncture that could make or break a stable Iraq.
Because they lack a coherent strategy, U.S. forces in Iraq have failed to defeat the insurgency or improve security. Winning will require a new approach to counterinsurgency, one that focuses on providing security to Iraqis rather than hunting down insurgents. And it will take at least a decade.
Listen to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) discuss the state of the war in Iraq and how it fits into broader U.S. foreign policy goals.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
The author analyzes the potentially serious consequences, both at home and abroad, of a lightly overseen drone program and makes recommendations for improving its governance.
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
An authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help. More
A groundbreaking analysis of what the changes in American energy mean for the economy, national security, and the environment. More