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An Obvious, But Ignored Strategy to Defeat the Taliban

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

The most effective way to critically disable the Taliban is to drastically reduce their income and delegitimize them among local populations. What has not been achieved on the battlefield may yet be accomplished in the marketplace.

Defund the Taliban

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld

Drug money is funding the Taliban's increasingly numerous and bolder attacks in Afghanistan. Yet, the United States has shifted its policy from eradic...

Does the $1 Trillion Key to Winning the Afghan War Lie Under the Sand?

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

A small group of Pentagon and USAID officials and American geologists may have found the biggest single solution to permanently transforming Afghanistan's economy and winning the struggle against Taliban.

Can Anyone Pacify the World's Number One Narco-State?

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alfred W. McCoy

Our only realistic choice in Afghanistan is serious rural development -- that is, reconstructing the Afghan countryside through countless small-scale projects until food crops become a viable alternative to opium.

Want to Buy Some Opium?

David Reidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Reidy

Afghan government must protect farmers from Taliban violence, stop participating in the drug trade, and encourage the growth of a diversity of legal crops.

Iraq, Afghanistan: Lessons From the Pros

Martin Varsavsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martin Varsavsky

Failed policies in the Middle East could be reshaped by learning from those who have managed to do surprisingly well for themselves: the Israelis, the Iranians and the Afghan drug lords.

US, Iranian Diplomats Break The Ice

Huffington Post/CBS | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UPDATE: In the first high-level talks between the countries in many years, senior U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke briefly met with Iran's deputy forei...

Withdrawing from Iraq, Reinforcing Afghanistan

Joe Galloway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Galloway

Bush and McCain had barely completed even one Iraq victory lap singing hosannas to the surge when they were obliged to begin thinking and talking about how they're going to shore up a failing policy in Afghanistan.