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COIN vs. Hearts and Minds: The Real War in Afghanistan

(8) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 10:21 AM

To say that the U.S. military faces incredible obstacles in Afghanistan is an understatement: international support for the war has crumbled, the Taliban insurgency remains strong, and President Karzai has lashed out against Western involvement. Yet the military now confronts another challenge in Afghanistan -- a challenge that poses perhaps...

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The US Counternarcotics Campaign in Afghanistan: Rethinking America's Strategy

(17) Comments | Posted February 16, 2010 | 10:43 AM

A sudden feeling of déjà vu must have struck the audience when Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recommended in March 2009 that the United States adjust its strategy in Afghanistan. Speaking at a press conference in Bogota, Admiral Mullen proposed that the United States use...

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