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Youth, Television and What Might Keep Afghanistan from Ending up Like Iraq

Sam Schneider | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Sam Schneider

Ever since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began their recent offensive in Iraq, anxieties about the potential of something similar taking place in Afghanistan have abounded. Yet many have missed a crucial piece of the puzzle.

The Boston Marathon Bombing One Year Later: What We Still Don't Know

David W. Kearn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Just over a year removed from the attack on the Boston Marathon, we still know surprisingly little about the person allegedly responsible for its planning and execution.

ReThink Review: Red Dawn - Somehow, the North Koreans Are Coming!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.26.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

A few weeks ago, I told a friend that I'd bet most North Korean soldiers would probably surrender for a few Big Macs and an iPhone 3GS. That's why the 2012 reboot of the 1984 cult classic Red Dawn strikes me as being so dumb.

The Death of al Qaeda's #2: Time to Wind Down the War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This is the time to start publicly acknowledging we've won the war the United States declared in 2001 against those who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the September 11 attacks, and those who harbored them. It's time to embark on a more rational counterterrorism policy.

Women In The Muslim World Need Genuine Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Is misogyny prevalent and gaining traction in the Muslim world and why did most women vote for Islamists in Middle East elections?

De-radicalizing The Pakistani Taliban

Shehzad H. Qazi | Posted 12.04.2011 | Religion
Shehzad H. Qazi

Putting captured militants through systemized de-radicalization and rehabilitation programs is a necessary tactic in the counterinsurgency in Pakistan.

Governments, Wake Up!

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 10.12.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

The idiom "the calm before the storm" signifies a quiet period before great excitement or activity. In case our leaders are missing it, the calm is o...

Afghanistan: The Spreading Insurgency (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

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.

Century Foundation Calls for Real Political Talks Now to End the Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

This latest report reinforces the view that the sooner the U.S. abandons its demand for a de facto surrender before talks can begin, the better.

Petraeus, McCain Continue Afghanistan War Spin, But No One Buys It (Nor Should They)

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

General Petraeus and McCain can try to spin the situation in Afghanistan all they want, but the fact is that their counterinsurgency gamble failed, and the American people want our troops out, pronto.

Afghanistan War Not Worth the Burning of Children and Treasure

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

With our money fueling the insurgency and our killing of civilians driving more people to join the Taliban's side every week, it's little wonder that the insurgency continues to grow in size and sophistication.

Democracy Matters in the Middle East

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

The Obama Administration's cautious response has worsened the gap between Arab support for democratic values and hostility in the Middle East towards the United States government.

Just Egypt? Or World Insurgency?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Egypt's people reached a tipping point. What has now become a national revolution is a real time example of the global frustration over The Great Game.

Experts Say Arrests of Taliban Leaders to Deflate Insurgency

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

For now it is not clear whether Pakistan will hand over the captured Taliban leaders to Afghanistan, but Pakistan's army chief recently visited Kabul to seek bilateral cooperation on the matter.

Insurgency Is Hit Hard in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

Right now, there is a critical opportunity for the international community to continue tracking down top Taliban leaders in Pakistan and disconnecting them from the local commanders in Afghanistan.

Reconciliation and Trust Building in Afghanistan

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

The U.N., the U.S., the Afghan government, and many other countries and entities have been very busy right now paving way for a reconciliation plan with the Taliban.

The Pentagon Gives Itself an E for Effort on the Failing Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Given the failure of the escalation strategy to produce even marginally strategically significant success, it makes no sense whatsoever for President Obama to extend this failing war through 2014.

U.S. To Tolerate Afghan Corruption In Latest War Strategy

Washington Post | Greg Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - U.S. commanders in southern Afghanistan are adopting a strategy that increasingly places the priority on fighting the Taliban ...

$547 Million Can't Paper Over Failure of Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

No matter how much the Pentagon spins their message into the mainstream media, the facts on the ground show the U.S. lacks one of counterinsurgency's own premises for success: a legitimate host nation government.

Petraeus' Oily Spin About Progress in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

There is virtually no data that shows strategically significant security "progress" in Afghanistan since the start of the latest escalation.

Spike in Civilian Casualties Shows U.S. War Policy Is Failing Afghans and Americans

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan reports that the number of civilians killed in the first six months of 2010 spiked by 25 percent compared to the same period last year.

Invitees to President Obama's UT-Austin Speech: Get Out of Afghanistan, War's Failing, Set a Timetable

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Today, President Obama came to my town to give an invite-only speech at the University of Texas. Lacking an invite, I wondered what people with invites had to say about the Afghanistan War.

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Can't Deny They Killed Civilians in Sangin Anymore

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Exclusive, on-the-ground interviews obtained by Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project confirm what NATO forces repeatedly denied: U.S. an...

Why Would the Pakistani Intelligence Agency Support the Taliban?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

One of the most disturbing aspects of the revelations contained in WikiLeaks is the picture it paints of the behavior of Pakistan.

Busting White House Spin on WikiLeaks: No Leak Required

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

We're supposed to believe that the WikiLeaks information is "proof" that the president was right to initiate a massive escalation. If I were the president, this would be the drop-dead last argument I'd be making