War is waged to achieve political objectives, not to kill enemies. Politically, the US has achieved nothing in Afghanistan after ten years of desultory war and destruction.
Does the president's troop withdrawal from Afghanistan represent a qualitative change in official American thinking about its stakes in the region and in the wider 'war on terror'?
War can't be strategized on compromise, trying to make everyone happy. Our decision to end our involvement must be firm. Right now, in both Iraq and Afghanistan, we're seeing none of that.
Amid a surging fear of Muslims in our nation, it is time for all of us to improve our understanding of Islam and our relationships with Muslims -- if not because it is right to do this morally, then because it is in our best interests nationally.
A Soldier's Dream: Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq highlights the efforts of one soldier whose dream helped capture the momentum of the Sunni "Awakening" in Iraq in 2006.
We need vital institutions in this country that have no political agenda and no partisan bias. USIP convenes the left and the right, the civilian and the military, the national and the international players.
Haunting Legacy is a clear-eyed look at the Vietnam War's fateful consequences up until the present in Afghanistan. It could not be a more timely and thoughtful contribution to the literature.
The trends in America's engagement in Afghanistan bothered Richard Holbrooke greatly, and it's important for the Obama administration to take serious account of Holbrooke's concerns as the next steps on Afghanistan are weighed.
The redeployment of senior players in Obama's national security team will have no consequential effect on American foreign policy or on defense spending.
The death of the world's most wanted terrorist is building up pressure on the United States government to end our country's longest-running war. The question now is whether the American public and its leaders are willing to invest in a long-term strategy for peace.
Two developments -- from the use of key intelligence that came from means that didn't include torture to the president's decision to not release photos of a dead bin Laden -- demonstrate a more deliberate way of fighting this war.
President Barack Obama has no shortage of nasty critics at home, including the present gong show known as the Republican presidential field. But despi...
With a budget showdown threatening to shut down the government on Friday, there's hardly any discussion of the $119 billion the U.S. will spend this year in Afghanistan, a country with a GDP of just $14 billion.
Our military is a superb national resource and among the most impressive institutions of any kind our society has produced. It is up to our civilian and political leadership to allocate that resource wisely. So, are they in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting. What did General David Petraeus have to say about all this in his Congressional testimony yesterday?