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America's Next Move in Afghanistan Must Be a Non-Military One

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The best way America can establish the infrastructure for long-term security and stability in Afghanistan is less through military means and more through improvements to quality of life and basic services.

US Approach to Punishing Pakistan Is Ineffective: Why Bridges, Books & Butter Approach Will Win Hearts and Minds

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Contrary to popular opinion among U.S. foreign policymakers, the way to undermine growth of insurgencies in Pakistan is not through drone strikes, air and night raids, or covert operations,

Missing Elements of a Comprehensive Strategy in Afghanistan

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Schirch

The center of gravity in Afghanistan is not the military war, but the "war of ideas." America's version of the Taliban, the KKK, was not defeated. The force of public opinion made them irrelevant.

Ashraf Ghani Is Afghanistan's Best Hope

Olivia Sterns | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Olivia Sterns

Though Dr. Ashraf Ghani is unlikely to win the popular vote for president of Afghanistan today, what he has brought to this campaign is a clear victory for the people of his country.