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A Stable Pakistan Needs a Stable Afghanistan - Frederick W. Kagan, Wall Street Journal opinion. Winning the war in Afghanistan - creating a stable and legitimate Afghan state that can control its...

In Afghanistan, Let's Keep It Simple - Ahmed Rashid, Washington Post opinion. For much of the 20th century before the Soviet invasion in 1979, Afghanistan was a peaceful country living in harmony...

Why We're Getting it Wrong in Afghanistan - Anthony King, Prospect. Writing in this month's Prospect, Stephen Grey details the political and military mistakes that have been made in Helmand. Perhaps...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. Afghanistan and civil-military relations, 2. Communication breakdown.

From time to time we get asked about the image SWJ and SWC uses in the upper left hand corner of all the main pages... The image is called Tracking Bin Laden and was painted by U.S. Army Center of...

Can the US Lead Afghans? - Mark Moyar, New York Times opinion. The Afghanistan debate is increasingly focused on two words: troop numbers. Those numbers certainly deserve serious attention as...

The Same Old Mistake - Kimberly Marten, New York Times opinion. The US and Afghan governments have announced a new policy to pay tribal militias to provide security in Afghanistan. This began as a...

Washington's Afghan Brawl - Thomas Rid, Kings of War. (H/T Bernard Finel) The debate on the pros and cons of Afghanistan is raging inside the Beltway. And it is a bit unsettling. On the one side...

The US Army / USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Major Josh Wineera during a COIN Center Webcast Wednesday, 23 SEP 09 from 1000 to 1100 CST (1100 - 1200 EST). Major Wineera will explore...

US to Boost Combat Force in Afghanistan - Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times. US officials are planning to add as many as 14,000 combat troops to the American force in Afghanistan by sending home...

A Middle Way On Afghanistan? - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. It's the nature of Afghanistan that nothing there ever works out quite the way outsiders expect, and that certainly was the...

Taliban Surprising US Forces With Improved Tactics - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The Taliban has become a much more potent adversary in Afghanistan by improving its own tactics and finding gaps...

The U.S. Army War College just announced the launch of its Information as Power blog: "Information is an element of national power along with diplomatic, military and economic power. The current...

The Stimson Center has published an essay I wrote for it on the future of security force assistance. Theme: In the wake of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, U.S. policymakers will look for new...

See Cartoons by Cartoon by John Cole - Courtesy of Politicalcartoons.com - Email this Cartoon A Catalogue of Errors that Shames the UK - David Cameron, The Times opinion. Twelve days ago, Abdul...

Time to Get Out of Afghanistan - George Will, Washington Post opinion. ... US strategy - protecting the population - is increasingly troop-intensive while Americans are increasingly impatient about...

McChrystal Delivers Afghan Assessment to US, NATO Leaders - Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service. The commander of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan has completed his assessment of the...

How to Lose in Afghanistan - Anthony H. Cordesman, Washington Post opinion. The United States cannot win the war in Afghanistan in the next three months - any form of even limited victory will take...

H/T Ex at Abu Muqawama (see the link for Ex's commentary) - Heritage Foundation: Panel Discussion on the Presidential Election in Afghanistan by C-SPAN. Watch C-SPAN's coverage of a discussion on...

SWJ friend Joe Galloway reports on former Army LT William Calley's apology for the My Lai massacre in his McClatchy commentary regrets for My Lai massacre decades late. Former Lt. Rusty Calley has...

US Sets Metrics to Assess War Success - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The White House has assembled a list of about 50 measurements to gauge progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan as it tries to...

Coalition Airmen Offered Unique Irregular Warfare Training at Green Flag Little Rock By Captain Joe Knable 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs If you stumbled upon a man wearing a Muslim headdress, an...

Rough Terrain - Vanessa M. Gezari, Washington Post. Under an experimental program in Afghanistan, teams of anthropologists and social scientists are working alongside soldiers to help win the war by...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. Are Saudi Arabia and Iran at war in Yemen? 2. The autumn of Afghan discontent.

New UK Army Chief Faces Two Battles: Taliban and Resources - Alistair MacDonald, Wall Street Journal. When Gen. Sir David Richards takes over as head of the British army on Friday he inherits two...

Afghan Civilian Deaths Decline Under New US Tactics - Laura King, Los Angeles Times. Western troops have killed far fewer Afghan civilians since the top US general imposed strict new rules of...

Military Prepares Profiles on Reporters Visiting War Zones - Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post. The US military in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere regularly assesses the content and tone of the work...

Message to Muslim World Gets a Critique - Thom Shanker, New York Times. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written a searing critique of government efforts at "strategic communication"...

Seven Observations on the Potential Strategic Implications of Population-Centric Counter-Insurgency Doctrine By Bernard Finel Dr. Bernard I. Finel is a Senior Fellow at the American Security Project...

At last week's TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference, I heard BG H.R. McMaster deliver a presentation on the U.S. Army's forthcoming Capstone Concept. Here is a news article from TRADOC and the U.S. Army...