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How Pakistan Negotiates With Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

The Baloch narrative is loaded with stories recollecting how Islamabad took their willingness to negotiate for granted and converted those occasions as excellent opportunities to humiliate them.

Pieces of Afghan Peace

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Contrary to the principle of reconciliation, during the last decade the government's efforts have not resembled negotiations, but an offer of surrender and the Taliban declared that they will not give up, surrender, and accept imprisonment - rather, they will continue their resistance.

Dick Cheney's 1994 Gulf War Interview Proves Why Jeb Bush Can't Blame Obama or Intelligence Failures

H. A. Goodman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Bush recently stated that knowing what we know now, he still "would have invaded" Iraq. While the GOP presidential candidate blames "faulty intelligence" for the Iraq invasion, it's important to revisit the predictions of Dick Cheney shortly after America's Gulf War victory.

The Mass Torture of Obama's Drone Strikes

Ayobami Olugbemiga | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Ayobami Olugbemiga

Leon Trotsky once said: "you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." Unfortunately, that is true for the two innocent hostages -- one American, one Italian -- that were killed accidentally in a January 2015 CIA drone strike near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The Italian Resistance: Lessons and Legacies

Ruth Ben-Ghiat | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Ruth Ben-Ghiat

The anniversary of Italian Resistance (active September 1943-April 1945) offers an opportunity to consider the relevance of Resistance movements today, and the long political, military, and cultural reach of Italy's in particular.

6,845 Americans Died and 900,000 Were Injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Say 'No' to Obama's War.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If Americans utilized the outrage over American Sniper, the Brian Williams saga, and Kanye West rushing the stage at the Grammys, and aimed this vitriol at President Obama's request for a new war, we could possibly avert yet another colossal mistake.

Boko Haram Wins as Nigeria Postpones National Elections

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 04.10.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

For starters this is not the first time that Nigeria has postponed national elections. Elections were postponed as recently as 2011 in the last presidential poll. Former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida holds the unenviable record in tinkering with timetables for elections.

Counter-Terrorism: Counter-Humanitarianism?

Chris Lockyear | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Chris Lockyear

As international troops leave Afghan security in the hands of their domestic counterparts, ISAF will let its "clear, hold, build" counter-insurgency mandate fade.

Obama's Fighting a New Kind of War -- While Critics Are Stuck in the Past

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Critics who call for simplistic solutions like "getting tough" -- some go so far as to recommend imitating Vladimir Putin, of all people -- are trying to re-fight the wars of the past.

5 Dirty Little Secrets Every American Should Know About President Obama's ISIS Strategy

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If airstrikes don't work and ISIS conquers Bagdad, will he still keep his promise of never sending American troops back to Iraq? Of course not.

4,486 American Soldiers Have Died in Iraq. President Obama Is Continuing a Pointless and Deadly Quagmire.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

We've already spent over ten years in Iraq and "terror" hasn't been destroyed. To pretend that another group won't replace ISIL once ISIL is defeated, through another decade of war in Iraq, perhaps, is simply playing a dangerous game of semantics.

ISIS Is Beheading Journalists to Lure America Into Another Ground War. Remember the Iraq War's Lessons

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If we fall into the trap set by ISIS, our country will have proven that its attention span is not only short, but also captivated by terrorist propaganda and lured into costly wars by terrorist strategies.

After Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, We Must Never Again Wage Counterinsurgency Wars and Urban Combat

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Armies are meant to fight other armies. Military forces are not designed to combat roadside bombs, civilians with a Kalashnikov, or evade ambush...

Beyond The Monuments Men

Christopher Holshek | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The challenge is not the wars we must fight as much as the peace that we have to build in order not to fight them anymore or in the first place.

TSA: Ask the Fed for Relief... From the Fed?

Ivan Eland | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Ivan Eland

TSA airport security is excessive for the rarity of the threat and in the face of the better intrinsic security already provided from enhanced vigilance by passengers and crew.

The Coldest War: What Russia Had Better Learn From Boston About Terrorism

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.19.2013 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

Today Russia's problem may just have become ours, but tomorrow our problem could become theirs, and if the Russians want to prevent that from happening, they need to cooperate with the U.S. and start becoming part of the solution rather than trying to sabotage global efforts for peace.

Looking Back on Iraq, Looking Forward in Afghanistan

Adam Cohen | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Adam Cohen

While reminiscing on the war that was, it is critical to think of the on-going war in Afghanistan to which the Iraq war is so closely linked.

War Strategies of the Blind

Rick Ayers | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Rick Ayers

The problem is that the U.S. media has no voice critical of the overall enterprise. Even liberal outlets like National Public Radio and The New York Times are all united in the project of occupation. No one bothers to examine the history.

General Malaise

Douglas A. Wissing | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Douglas A. Wissing

Is this brouhaha distracting us from the real question: Have these generals been effective? Have any of the eleven U.S. commanders over the last eleven years been effective?

Petraeus: Much Less Than Acclaimed

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The nation deserves consolation -- the loss to America of General Petraeus is much smaller than the media has made it out to be.

McGruff the Crime Dog in Afghanistan: Battling the Taliban's Influence in Schools

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

When U.S. Major Lee and Captain Gil entered Ganat Kahiyl High School in Zormat District, Paktia Province in Eastern Afghanistan, a local teacher slipp...

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan: The Long and Winding Roads | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.12.2012 | World

(BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) In late 2008, Andrew Wilder set out on a hunt for answers in Afghanistan. For years, Wilder, a former development...

Biden Sounded Serious Warning To Obama

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama considered adding as many as 40,000 U.S. forces to a backsliding war in Afghanistan in 2009, Vice President Jo...

Security Pact Ensures America's Presence in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Malou Innocent

President Obama's arrival in Afghanistan and signing of the strategic partnership agreement with President Karzai supposedly represents yet another corner turned in our nearly eleven year (and counting) war.

'The American Homeland Is the Planet'

Malou Innocent | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Malou Innocent

Wars are incredibly wasteful and counterproductive to the goal of stopping terrorism. Unfortunately, U.S. officials remain hostage to the outdated notion that a specific territory matters -- they remain possessed by a sort of safe haven syndrome.