In this opinion piece Jawad Al Bolani, the interior minister of Iraq, writes that the June 30th withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq's major cities is the start of a highly uncertain period for Iraqi democracy rather than a historical endpoint to be celebrated.
Anthony H. Cordesman argues in a Washington Post op-ed that the United States runs the risk of making Iraq "the forgotten war," which could have dire consequences for the country's post-withdrawal prospects for peace.
Authors: Kori Schake, Andrew Exum, Bruce O. Riedel, John A. Nagl, and Parag Khanna
This New York Times online feature displays a multiplicity of opinions on what steps are necessary to reverse backsliding in Afghanistan. Kori Schake, Andrew Exum, Bruce Riedel, John Nagl, and Parag Khanna provide commentary.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair dispatched the British military to the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East, but currently defense spending is down, and generals are speaking out about the occupation.
The Afghanistan Study Group analyzes the current situation in Afghanistan, addresses six critical issues to revitalize the U.S. and international effort in Afghanistan, and offers three overarching recommendations to bring sharper focus and attention to Afghanistan.
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."
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.
New YorkTimesbest seller, Ashley's War, by CFR Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, gives an inside look at the first-ever all-female, all-Army team to serve on the battlefield alongside Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan—despite the official ban on women in ground-combat units.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon highlights the need for renewed attention on the war in Afghanistan. Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops remain in the country and U.S. casualties are close to 2,300, but little about Afghanistan has made headlines in recent years or received mention by political leaders.
Tragedies keep occurring in war, despite the best intentions of U.S. troops. Micah Zenko provides recommendations to reduce the inevitable human errors in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq that have led to avoidable civilian casualties.
As U.S.-backed rebels fight to liberate Raqqa and Mosul, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon questions next steps for these cities. “Will these disparate forces stay together to form a federation of at least relative order that allows people to go to work and send their children to school?,” asks Lemmon. “Who will do the governing? Under what authority? And what comes next if that doesn’t happen?”
The issue of women in combat per se was no longer a question," said Secretary of DefenseAshton Carter on Thursday as he declared that all jobs in the United States military would at last be open to all Americans.
For the past several years, the Obama administration’s strategy for Afghanistan has rested on the basic assumption that although no reasonable amount of U.S. money or troops could win the war against the Taliban outright, a limited American commitment to Afghanistan’s security forces and government would enable Kabul to hold on long enough to reach a negotiated truce with insurgent leaders.
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