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Afghan Women and the Return of the Taliban - Aryn Baker, Time Afghan Women: Fearing a Taliban Future - Alissa Rubin, New York Times Afghan Women Fear Loss of Modest Gain - Alissa Rubin, New York...

Exit Under Way - Thomas Rid, Kings of War. ... [Steve] Coll said something noteworthy in his closing words on the war in Afghanistan. It may be repeated and quoted here. Keep in mind the context:...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Pakistan's game, 2) Are overseas bases worth the risk? Pakistan's Game Of all the players in the Afghan game, Pakistan...

Petraeus' COIN Guidance 'Prematurely Released' - Kate Brannen, Defense News. Soon after the new Afghan counterinsurgency guidance issued by U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus went up on two Internet...

Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Pakistanis View U.S. as Enemy - Robert Burns, Associated Press.

by Christopher Paul The Department of Defense has decided to change the name of military psychological operations (PSYOP) and this is a good thing.  I make this assertion despite concerns about...

Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel - United States Institute of Peace Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel - Findings and recommendations of the Quadrennial Defense Review...

The United States strategy for succeeding in Afghanistan relies heavily on its ability to turn security responsibilities over to competent Afghan national security forces. An article in today's Wall...

Afghanistan Needs Local Politics, Not Local Militias - Joshua Foust and Paul Meinshausen, World Politics Review. As Gen. David Petraeus takes over the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan, he is right to...

Imminent Fury Update - Bill Gertz, Washington Times' Inside the Ring. For more background on recent light attack aircraft news see: Secret Program Works to Field SEAL Plane - Defense Tech U.S. Eyes...

Mullah Omar Orders Taliban to Attack Civilians, Afghan Women - Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal. The battle for hearts and minds in Afghanistan has taken a new turn in the past two...

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is live webcasting a Military Strategy Forum on Thursday, July 29, at 9:15am. General Douglas M. Fraser, Commander, U.S. Southern Command (...

The COMISAF Counterinsurgency Guidance was prematurely released. It has been requested that the COIN Center remove the Guidance and the associated post from their web site. Small Wars Journal has...

Excerpt from Newsweek's review of Dr. David Kilcullen's Counterinsurgency: ... Last call for Kool-Aid. In decades past, many have criticized the military-industrial complex for not only being...

Taliban Responds to WikiLeaks - Mushtaq Yusufzai, The Daily Beast. Responding to WikiLeaks' release of tens of thousands of pages of classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan, a...

Middle East Studies (MES) at Marine Corps University (MCU) has established an occasional paper and newsletter series entitled "MES Insights". MES Insights is available at the MES website. Included in...

Effective and Efficient Training and Advising in Pakistan -- Major Jason A. Johnston and Stephen C. Taylor, Naval Postgraduate School Master Thesis. When we think of Foreign Internal Defense (FID),...

Perspectives on Reconciliation Options in Afghanistan - U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Senator John Kerry - Download Statement Senator Richard Lugar - Download...

Sunday night's post: NYT: The Afghanistan War Logs The Pentagon Papers they're not. The New York Times and the Guardian, among others, are touting the massive leak of 92,000 classified documents...

Getting Lost in the Fog of War - Andrew Exum, New York Times opinion piece concerning the WikiLeaks release.

So recommends the Defense Business Board, an official advisory board that reports to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The news of the board's pending recommendations came in a Defense News story. Here...

The Assange Leaks: What's New About the WikiLeaks Data? - Joshua Foust, Columbia Journalism Review. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has compared his organization's latest leak of almost 92...

The War Logs: "An archive of classified military documents offers an unvarnished view of the war in Afghanistan" - New York Times. More Massive Leak of Secret Files Exposes Truth of Occupation - The...

Top US Officer Says It's Time to Execute Afghan Plan - Al Pessin, Voice of America. The top U.S. military officer is on a visit to Afghanistan, where he says the coalition effort is in its execution...

In Afghanistan, Why Does Counterinsurgency Work in Some Places But Not Others? - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. Concerns COIN efforts in Nawa and Marja.

The International Herald Tribune and Daily Telegraph are reporting this morning that General David Petraeus "has decided that a full-scale military encirclement and invasion of Kandahar was not an...

The Great Myth: Counterinsurgency - Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus. There are moments that define a war. Just such a one occurred on June 21, when Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke and U.S....

"Caution and cynicism is safe, but soldiers don't want to follow cautious cynics. I'd do somethings in my career differently, but not many. I believed in people, and I still believe in them. I...

Female Suicide Bombers The New Threat in Afghanistan by Matthew P. Dearing Amidst the disarray following General McChrystal's interview with Rolling Stone, a much less reported but profound...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) China picks a foolish fight over the Yellow Sea. 2) The Army's next nightmare scenario China picks a foolish fight over...