The question now is; who should control all of Southern Afghanistan's tribal structure, and ultimately attempt to sooth tensions over what will soon become the full political formation and structure.
Negotiated settlement could well be the most important part of the 2012 reelection campaign. Getting negotiations underway and reporting genuine results could deliver an election-decider to Obama, because it could mean an earlier withdrawal.
Will troop withdrawal leave a vacuum rapidly filled by the march of the Haqqani network?
Afghans must smash and rewrite the dangerous narrative that has so enslaved them over the years by looking to their past and reinstituting sacred tribal institutions to establish a sovereignty based on the true will of the Afghan people.
Washington is abuzz with the headline news that the FBI is accosting two Pakistanis who allegedly have been trying to win influence and influence poli...
Favorable opinion about the U.S. has plunged dismally since the early days of the Obama presidency, but it's not just in popularity terms that Washington has been racking up mind-boggling numbers in the no-friends business.
Joining the ever expanding series of memoirs from former officials involved in the Afghan and Iraqi wars, Sherard Cowper-Coles has written an immensely readable and insightful account of what appears to be a structurally flawed expedition.
President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.
The government's impotence and the staggering insecurity in Afghanistan have left officials with much to gain from partnering with insurgents. I spoke with Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Afghanistan about the insurgent threat.
The current NATO-led campaign in Afghanistan has reached its ceiling of mission effectiveness. We need to welcome our troops home and provide the best support we can to Afghan citizens as they decide their future.
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.
Go figure: today, our "covert" wars are front-page news. What follows are nine common terms associated with our present wars that probably don't mean what you think they mean.
Nearly every donor country has a similar set of priorities: improve agricultural development, train the police, develop the energy sector, improve health care -- and, quite frankly, many are tripping over each other as they attempt to help Afghans.
By not making significant cuts in our troops in Afghanistan or real changes in our strategy, the president's latest plan will leave us stuck in Afghanistan's quicksand for years to come.
All of the data and evidence available makes it clear: the insurgency's momentum and tempo of operations has not been adversely affected by our surge in Afghanistan.