Analysis Brief

NATO's New Afghan Challenge

The United States hands over military operations in Afghanistan's restive south to NATO. The move comes as the resurgent Taliban mounts daily attacks that threaten the country's stability and highlight the powerlessness of the Afghan government.

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Analysis Brief

Afghan Anger Boils Over

Tension and instability simmer in Afghanistan as NATO prepares to expand its military presence into the south, where a resurgent Taliban is launching attacks. Against this backdrop, a traffic accident involving U.S. military vehicles sparked deadly riots in Kabul.

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Analysis Brief

New Threat to Afghan Security

A deadly series of suicide bombings in Afghanistan raises fears militants are adopting tactics from the Iraqi insurgency. The attacks put the spotlight on the Afghan army—which is growing in size and effectiveness—and recently expanded NATO efforts to maintain security in the nation.

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Planning for Withdrawal in Afghanistan May Be Smart, But It’s Not Wise

Author: Daniel S. Markey
Defense One

Votes are still being counted in Afghanistan's presidential election, but preliminary results suggest that no candidate won a majority. If these results hold up and no backroom deals are cooked up between Afghan politicians, a runoff poll will follow and the victor will not likely be declared until late summer. That timeline is making U.S. and NATO military planners very nervous.

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Tender Shoots of Green

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Foreign Policy

"While the United States may want to shed its Afghanistan obligations -- including its commitment to supporting the Afghan economy -- those who care about Afghanistan's security, and America's, will want to make certain the green shoots get tended," writes Gayle Tzemach-Lemmon

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Malala, Others on Front Lines in Fight for Women

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Despite the fact that Malala Yousafzai, the fourteen-year-old Pakistani women's rights activist, survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, similar attacks against women, like the one in India, are on the rise. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says that these attacks are efforts to stamp out women's progress and the potential of women worldwide will not be realized if this type of violence is tolerated.

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The Malalas You'll Never Meet

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says that just as Malala Yousafzai, the fourteen-year-old Pakistani girl who was gunned down by Taliban shooters, refused to silently abandon her right to education even at the risk of losing her life, courageous women and men fight daily against a worldview that considers girls' schools a call to action in their battle against modernity.

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