Best Defense

Tales of war: Getting 12 approvals for a relatively minor mission in Afghanistan

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally appeared on November 24, 2014.

Shadow Government

How Do the Republican Candidates Stack Up on Afghanistan?

Donald Trump recently failed the “commander-in-chief” test. At an event with pollster Frank Luntz on Saturday, Trump ignited a firestorm by mocking Sen. John McCain ...

The South Asia Channel

Threats Abounding in Afghanistan

The National Unity Government is navigating a sea of power players, internal, and external threats. Ghani needs to be diligent if the government, and Afghanistan, is to survive.

The South Asia Channel

Who’s Talking for the Taliban?

The Afghan government's discussions with the Taliban earlier this month sparked hope for an eventual peace process, but were those in attendance speaking on behalf of the Taliban? Or will rifts between the Taliban's political office in Doha and the factions in the field prove fatal to negotiations?


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The Cable

Joint Chiefs Chairman Doesn’t like Insurgents, Big Deployments, Fast Food

In the course of an almost shockingly long question-and-answer in the latest issue of the Joint Force Quarterly, outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. ...

The South Asia Channel

Terrorists on the Dais: How Terrorists Exploit the Media

By covering terrorist attacks in never-ending news cycles, journalists are playing into the terrorists’ strategy.

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