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Afghanistan Strategy

Why Afghanistan II ?

Edward Corcoran | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

Afghanistan does indeed have an important place in US National Strategy, responding to the core challenge of the Twenty-first Century: leading efforts to build the better world that is essential not only for global prosperity, but for US prosperity.

How to Win in Afghanistan: Part 1 -- Reform the Afghan Central Government

Matt Zeller | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Matt Zeller

The Afghan government -- and by extension the Afghan state -- has been doomed to failure. Power is too centralized and concentrated with the Afghan president, and corruption has it rotten to the core.

US And Afghanistan Finalize Agreement

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans wil...

Helping Afghans Build Afghanistan

Edward Corcoran | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

Continuity means an enduring commitment from the international community. The Afghan population must have confidence that they will not be abandoned and subjected once again to turmoil, civil war and economic disintegration.

Energizing Afghanistan -- Economic First Step

Edward Corcoran | Posted 12.06.2011 | World
Edward Corcoran

Afghanistan is on the verge of blossoming into a modern nation and sweeping the Taliban aside, though almost no one believes this.

Afghanistan: Time to Build

Edward Corcoran | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Edward Corcoran

It is Time to Build, time to move beyond the military effort with a greatly expanded effort to provide maximum support to the grassroots level, with a focus in the quieter areas of the country where the population is supportive of foreign assistance.

David Miliband's Afghan Endgame Slightly off Mark

Khalil Nouri | Posted 06.19.2011 | World
Khalil Nouri

In a recent New York Times article, David Miliband showed that his intellect and judgment on a number of key issues, including how to bring the Afghan War to an end, was and remains almost finely honed; but it lacks an indigenous solution.

Amanda Terkel

Obama's Af-Pak Review Touts Progress, Lays Framework For Sustained Commitment | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's much-anticipated annual review of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan is upbeat on progress and reaffirm...

Afghan Public Opinion Turns Sharply Against US Forces

GlobalPost | Jean MacKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

First the good news: U.S. forces are still more popular in Afghanistan than Osama bin Laden. Fully 6 percent of respondents in a new poll expressed a ...

Dan Froomkin

PLAN B FOR AFGHANISTAN | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

There's another way forward in Afghanistan. Call it Plan B. An ad hoc group of disillusioned foreign policy experts is offering President Obama a s...

State of Denial: After the Big Leak, Spinning for War

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Washington's spin machine is in overdrive to counter the leak of documents on Afghanistan, revolving around the theme that the documents aren't particularly relevant to this year's new-and-improved war effort.

America's Stranded Armies

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

In the AfPak theater it is impossible to say what is Washington's objective. Short of a massive force expansion, the ignominious end seems likely to come soon, for political rather than military reasons.

Gates, Clinton Crucial Voting Bloc On Afghanistan

New York Times | Mark Landler and Thom Shanker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The last time the Obama administration arrived at a moment of truth in the debate over what to do about Afghanistan, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Robert...

Anti-War Activists Reawakened By Obama Afghanistan Decision

Politics Daily | Shahzad Chaudhary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sitting in the front row at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, directly in sight of committee Chairman John Kerry, two women discreetly hel...

Official: Obama Does Not Accept Afghan War Options, Wants Handover Details

AP | BEN FELLER and ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing ...

Out of Afghanistan

Felton Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Felton Newell

It is time to wind down this war. Instead of focusing on the goal of creating an effective government in Afghanistan, we should focus like a laser on tracking and destroying Al Qaeda.

Tom Friedman On Afghanistan Surge: US Just 'Decided To Adopt A Special Needs Baby' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman appeared on Fareed Zakaria's CNN show to discuss the fundamental problems with the US surge in Afghanistan, argu...

Obama Afghanistan Decision: Not A Question Of Whether To Send More Troops, But How Many

New York Times | Thom Shanker, Peter Baker and Helene Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's advisers are focusing on a strategy for Afghanistan aimed at protecting about 10 top population centers, administration officials sa...

Obama Afghanistan Decision: President Will Miss Self-Imposed Deadline

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Though the White House had been shooting for the president to make an announcement about his new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan between November...

Colin Powell To Obama On Afghanistan Troop Decision: "Take Your Time"

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with Roland Martin on the Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell reveale...

White House Eyeing Narrower War Effort In Afghanistan

Washington Post | Scott Wilson and Anne E. Kornblut | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senior White House officials have begun to make the case for a policy shift in Afghanistan that would send few, if any, new combat troops to the count...

Gates Has Growing Doubts About U.S's Afghan Strategy

Wall Street Journal | YOCHI J. DREAZEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama met with senior counselors for three hours Wednesday to launch his review of Afghan war strategy, amid indications that his def...

Pakistan Gets Billions, But What About Scrutiny?

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

If the US wants to gain a positive feeling among common Pakistanis, it has to ensure direct aid to the masses instead of spending taxpayer money on corrupt government agencies.

Afghanistan Pullback Planned: U.S. To Focus On Populated Areas

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Military officials voiced frustration and congressional leaders urged caution Tuesday over what they described as President Barack ...

US Afghanistan Strategy Reviewed For Fifth Time This Year

McClatchy News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has given the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan 60 days to conduct another review of the American strategy there, t...