Afghanistan

The 80 Percent Solution

  • By Thomas F. Lynch III
February 2, 2012

With the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, the United States and Western governments scored a major but still underappreciated victory in the nearly decade-and-a-half-old war against al-Qaeda. Bin Laden’s death did not eliminate all of the features of al-Qaeda that make it dangerous as a factor in terrorism internationally. Its role in assisting regional jihadist groups in strikes against local governments and by inspiring “lone wolf” would-be martyrs in acts of violence will remain with us for many years.  Yet the manner in which U.S.

Islam and the West Through the Eyes of Two Women

  • By
  • Eliza Griswold,
  • New America Foundation
January 27, 2012 |

Very few of the heroes and villains made famous in the wars of the past decade are women. Of the scant exceptions, two of the most fascinating are the subjects of Deborah Scroggins’s thoughtful double biography, “Wanted Women.”

One is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born thinker and neoconservative darling; the other is Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who, in 2010, was sentenced to 86 years in prison for her assault on American personnel in Afghanistan. She is known as Al Qaeda’s highest-ranking female associate.

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Looking for Mullah Omar

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
January 20, 2012 |

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Change Afghanistan Can Believe In

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
December 12, 2011 |

After 10 years of war and reconstruction, and as tens of thousands of international troops and aid workers in Afghanistan gear up to spend yet another holiday season a long way from the comforts of home, a lot of people are wondering: Was it worth it? Certainly Dec.

Democracy Promotion: Done Right, A Progressive Cause

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
December 14, 2011 |

By the beginning of the Obama Administration, democracy promotion had become a rather tarnished idea, and understandably so. Like Islam or Christianity, much blood has been shed beneath its banner. It may be true that democracies don’t go to war with one another, but they certainly go to war, and their wars kill people just as dead as the wars undertaken by illiberal regimes. Anyone on the political left can tell the story: During the Cold War, the United States fought endless proxy wars and engaged in a great deal of overt and covert mischief, all in the name of democracy.

How to Improve the Advisers

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
December 6, 2011 |

Two things are clear about U.S. policy toward Afghanistan. First, we are steadily withdrawing our combat troops over the next two years. Second, we have no plan for ensuring that the place doesn't fall apart afterward.

Obama's Foreign Policy Doctrine Finally Emerges with 'Offshore Balancing'

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
November 28, 2011 |

What does America's disastrous bombing of Pakistani soldiers this week have to do with President Obama's much-ballyhooed trip to East Asia last week? Between them, they suggest that the Obama administration may be, finally, edging toward a foreign-policy doctrine.

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What's Behind the Furor in Pakistan?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Andrew Lebovich,
  • New America Foundation
November 25, 2011 |

Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has set off a political firestorm in Pakistan with his claims that he was brokering an offer from Pakistan's civilian leaders to the Pentagon to unseat the leadership of the Pakistani military.

With a Friend Like This

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
November 1, 2011 |

If Washington wishes to improve relations with Pakistan, it needs to stop regarding Pakistan as an ally, and to start regarding it as an enemy — at least as far as the Afghan War is concerned.

Seeing Pakistan as an ally has not only obscured the reality of the situation, but has bred exaggerated bitterness at Pakistani “treachery.” And since Pakistanis also believe that America has “betrayed” them, the result is a thin veneer of friendship over a morass of mutual distrust and even hatred.

The GOP's War Hypocrisy

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
October 31, 2011 |

Twelve Americans died this weekend in Afghanistan when a car packed with explosives struck a NATO armored bus. It would be nice if someone in the media took a break from investigating Herman Cain's sex life to ask the people running for president what these Americans gave their lives for.

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