Analysis Brief

NATO Pins Future to Afghanistan

NATO leaders pitted the credibility of their alliance to the ongoing effort to stabilize Afghanistan at their summit in Riga, but failed to resolve disputes that keep some major member states—including Germany, Italy, Spain, and France—from serious combat duty there.

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Analysis Brief

A Spy Tells All

Recruiting operatives capable of infiltrating terrorist networks presents an ongoing challenge to U.S. intelligence agencies. A new book by a former double agent who spied on al-Qaeda tells the story of how he did it.

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Analysis Brief

Afghanistan, Five Years On

Five years after the U.S. invasion, parts of southern Afghanistan have descended into chaos, as the Taliban reclaim territories and try to win over ethnic Pashtun sympathies. The rest of the country also requires more attention and aid, experts say.

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