Afghanistan

Manhunt

May 1, 2012

The gripping account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man.

Afghan Army, Police Pose Growing Risk to U.S., NATO Troops

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
March 29, 2012 |

Nearly one out of every five NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year were killed by Afghan police or army forces. Nine of the 16 victims were U.S. soldiers.

General Optimism

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
March 23, 2012 |

Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, testified before Congress this week for the first time since his confirmation, and I haven’t seen such unbridled optimism about a war—any war—since Donald Rumsfeld’s heyday.

“To be sure, the last couple months have been trying,” Allen acknowledged, referring to the Koran burnings, the massacre of 16 Afghan citizens, the killing of U.S. advisers by their Afghan underlings, and other disasters. But, he added, “I am confident that we will prevail in this endeavor.”

The Real Afghanistan Binary: State Rule vs. State Failure

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
February 6, 2012 |

Amid the international debate over the future of Afghanistan, a false binary has taken hold. Afghanistan is torn, we are told, between two choices: a corrupt, ineffective, increasingly unpopular government of President Hamid Karzai or the prospect of the return of the Taliban and their twisted and violent vision of Islam and a manifestly disastrous ruling history. In this stark choice, Mr Karzai is the usual winner.

Bin Laden's Final Days -- Big Plans, Deep Fears

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
March 16, 2012 |

Tapping away at his computer in the study of the suburban compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that he called home for the last years of his life, Osama bin Laden wrote memos urging his followers to continue to try to attack the United States, suggesting, for instance, they mount assassination attempts against President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus.

The Sidebar: The U.S. in Afghanistan and Rising Gas Prices

March 16, 2012
Counterterrorism Research Fellow Brian Fishman and Schwartz Fellow Steve Levine explore the real challenges facing the U.S. in Afghanistan and rising gas prices at home. Pamela Chan hosts.

In Afghanistan, the U.S. Mission Is Accomplished

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
March 14, 2012 |

The massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a lone U.S. service member last weekend has intensified debate as to whether the U.S. should speed the end of the war in Afghanistan. According to the New York Times, the Obama administration is considering whether to announce a redeployment of 20,000 troops by the middle of 2013, on top of the 22,000 scheduled to leave by this September. (There are 90,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan.) The Times reports that Vice President Joe Biden has voiced support for a faster pullout. And he’s got company.

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Game Over in Afghanistan

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
March 12, 2012 |

The game is over in Afghanistan. An American presence can no longer serve any purpose. Or, rather, it can only extend and exacerbate the pathologies of this war. It is time to get out, and more quickly than President Obama had been planning. The consequences of leaving may be grim, but the consequences of staying are probably grimmer.

The Sidebar: Millenium Development and the Challenges of Wartime Aid Efforts

March 2, 2012
Rosa Brooks and Charles Kenny discuss the challenges facing the US military in Afghanistan after reports of Korans being burned, the role of humanitarian aid in conflict zones, and the status of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Pamela Chan hosts.

Did Obama Just Declare Victory in Afghanistan?

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
February 2, 2012 |

In October 1966, as the Vietnam War was spiraling out of control, Sen. George Aiken, R-Vt., now-famously suggested that we simply declare victory and bring the troops home. He added, in a less well-known coda, “It may be a far-fetched proposal, but nothing else has worked.”

Lyndon Johnson would have done well to take the idea seriously. Now it seems Barack Obama is doing just that in Afghanistan.

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