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Civilian Protection

Remember Libya?

Sarah Margon | Posted 06.19.2012 | Home
Sarah Margon

The challenges Libya faces are not just about uniting a fractured society. They are also about building responsive and accountable governance institutions out of the ashes of the skeletal ministries left behind.

Why the State Department Needs More -- and Better -- Training

Sarah Margon | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Sarah Margon

Despite the number of complex global challenges we currently face, few government officials making key decisions actually have the formal training needed to properly address the underlying drivers and policy implications.

Gen. Petraeus's Review of Tactics Must Focus on Night Raids and Civilian Protection

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Erica Gaston

General McChrystal knew that you stop insurgent threats through good intelligence and trust among the community. It only takes one night raid to undermine years of tactical restraint and goodwill-building measures.

Keeping a Piece of McChrystal in Afghanistan

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sarah Holewinski

No matter his diplomatic wrongs, there is one piece of him we need to keep in Afghanistan: his emphasis on civilian protection.

Size Doesn't Matter: Missing the Point Of ISAF's Failure in Marja

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Josh Mull

A man in his early 30s summarized the pragmatism of many Afghanis: "If the Taliban tap me on the shoulder, I will be with them, and if the government taps me on my shoulder I will be with them."

Elections in Iraq and Escalation in Afghanistan: Paying For A "Violent Semi-Peace"

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

This weekend Iraqis turned out in the millions to vote in their 2010 parliamentary elections. By most accounts, it was a relative success. There were ...