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April 9, 2010

Afghanistan
Miscalculations in U.S. Afghan Offensive

A pending American military offensive in southern Afghanistan is buoying hopes for a return to government control, but New York Times reporter David Rohde says success could be short-lived.

March 31, 2010

Afghanistan
Waiting on a Civilian Surge in Afghanistan

President Obama is pushing for a "civilian surge" in Afghanistan, but John E. Herbst, in charge of staffing a State Department civilian-led reconstruction program that operates there, says congressio…

February 3, 2010

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Deficits in a Growing Defense Budget

The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget fails to align spending with calls to rebuild the military to handle irregular warfare, says expert Todd Harrison. He also cites an inability to get…

January 25, 2010

Iraq
Avoiding Crisis in Iraq’s Political Minefield

As Iraq’s pre-election crisis deepens, Iraq analyst Reidar Visser says Washington must do more to counter the sectarian agenda emerging in Baghdad’s political landscape.

January 6, 2010

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Connecting the Dots on Intelligence Reform

President Obama says "systemic failures" contributed to the Christmas Day airliner plot, but CFR’s Steven Simon says given the huge volume of intelligence analyzed daily, reforms won’t come easily.

December 29, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
A Fraying Yemen’s Terrorism Problem

Washington must increase aid to Yemen to help deter forces like the al-Qaeda affiliate linked to a plot to destroy a U.S. airliner, says Christopher Boucek.

December 23, 2009

United States
Prioritizing U.S. Cybersecurity

Reports of Predator drones’ data losses in Iraq and Afghanistan should serve as a call to action to upgrade U.S. cybersecurity capabilities, says analyst James Lewis.

December 14, 2009

Iraq
Security and Politics Collide in Iraq

The recent spate of bombings in Baghdad is testing the U.S. commitment to withdrawal, and Iraqi political leaders’ ability to maintain their grip on power, says expert Sam Parker.

December 11, 2009

Defense Technology
Guarding the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

Following a post-Cold War erosion of senior level attention to nuclear weapons stewardship, the Air Force general charged with protecting the U.S. nuclear arsenal says his service is finally regainin…

November 3, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
More Afghan Troops Needed to Secure Afghanistan

As the Obama administration assesses American troop numbers in Afghanistan, the senior U.S. Army general training Afghan security forces says the White House should also double the size of the Afghan…