Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says that the Nobel Peace Prize committee's acknowledgment of the role of women in peacemaking should bolster the cause of women in Afghanistan who are struggling for democracy.
Richard N. Haass says that the war in Afghanistan began ten years ago as a narrow, modest war of necessity but has evolved into a broad, ambitious war of choice.
After a decade of fighting, U.S. goals remain unclear in Afghanistan. With the 2014 deadline to end the combat mission, experts remain divided on hopes for a political settlement, and stress political and governance reforms.
Max Boot says the initial U.S. victory in Afghanistan has been undone by complacency.
With the United States eager to withdraw from Afghanistan and reconciliation with the Taliban considered key to any peace process, Afghan women's rights are once again in question, writes CFR's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.
Stanley A. McChrystal, former commander of the United States and International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan and Joint Special Operations Command's premier military counterterrorism force, discusses his experiences in Afghanistan.
This meeting is part of the HBO History Makers series.
Tom Brokaw interviews General Stanley McChrystal about the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
The Institute for the Study of War provides an overview of the strategy of the Haqqani network, an insurgency group in Afghanistan with connections to al-Qaeda and Pakistan.
Stanley A. McChrystal, former commander of theÂ United States and International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan andÂ Joint Special Operations Command'sÂ premier military counterterrorism force, discusses his experiences in Afghanistan.
This meeting is part of the HBO History Makers series.
According to the Washington Post, both Pakistan and the United States are playing a double game of strategyÂ regarding diplomatic and military relations in Afghanistan.
The fourth White House Quarterly Report on Afghanistan and Pakistan was released in September 2011. President Obama's letter accompanying the report states,
"This report covers the period from January 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011. To the extent possible, the report also provides an assessment through August 31, 2011. Events continue to evolve since that time, for example in our relationship with Pakistan, but these developments fall outside the scope of this report. As I noted in my remarks on the way forward in Afghanistan on June 22, we have seen great progress in our fight against al-Qa'ida; we have reversed the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan; and we continue to see progress in training the Afghan National Security Forces. This will allow us in the coming year to fully recover the 33,000 U.S. troop surge I announced at West Point in December 2009. Beyond that change, we continue to implement the strategy and do not believe further modifications or adjustments to the metrics, resources, or authorities are required at this time. Huge challenges remain, and this is the beginning -- but not the end -- of our effort to wind down this war."
Julius Cavendish discusses issues that have stymied the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program.
Investment in maternal health in Afghanistan provides a cost-effective way to promote strategic U.S. foreign policy objectives. As part of a responsible drawdown, the United States should continue its commitments to improving maternal health programs.
Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefts of Staff, gave this statement on the situations in Afghanistan and Iraq before the Senate Armed Services Committee on September 22, 2011.
The Afghans will indeed be ready to take over their own security by 2014, writes the former commander of the ISAF Joint Command.
In 2001, fearing ethnic strife, the international community pushed for a strong central government in Kabul.
The assassination of Afghan government negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani signals the challenges in any reconciliation talks with the Taliban and could exacerbate ethnic divisions, pushing the country into a civil war.
Max Boot states that an American drawdown in both Iraq and Afghanistan makes continued war—and with it the possibility of a catastrophic American defeat—more likely by emboldening our enemies and disheartening our friends.
Senator Lindsey O. Graham discusses his recent trip to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, as well as other foreign policy challenges including the evolving situations in Libya and Syria.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
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.
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
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