Stephen Biddle argues that if the U.S. sees the reduction in violence in Iraq as an opportunity to bring its troops home, much of what has been gained could be lost.
President Bush affirmed the testimony of his top commander in Iraq with regard to the continued need for U.S. troops there, but also set forth a plan for a much longer-term U.S. presence aimed at containing Iran.
Mid-September progress reports were intended to mark the end of debate on U.S. strategy in Iraq. Instead, they may well fuel it.
The Democratic-led Congress entered the summer recess aiming to force Republicans into accepting a withdrawal timetable from Iraq. But military gains may be prompting a strategy shift.
Stephen Biddle, CFR’s top military analyst on Iraq, says the only analytically sound alternatives in Iraq are to either pull out now, or to stick with a revamped “surge.”
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.
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.
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.
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
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