On the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, CFR.org offers a selection of recent analysis, interviews, op-eds, and other resources to provide context to the conflict.
Watch Barry McCaffrey, a retired U.S. army general and adjunct professor of international affairs at West Point, discuss past failings and future options for success in Iraq five years after the war began.
Listen to Barry McCaffrey, a retired U.S. army general and adjunct professor of international affairs at West Point, discuss past failings and future options for success in Iraq five years after the war began.
In a secret meeting with a Taliban commander, the author Matthew Cole learned how Bush administration aid to Pakistan helps fund insurgents who kill U.S. troops.
The Atlantic looks at what a withdrawal from Iraq could mean for American politics.
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.
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.
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.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
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.
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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
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