Archive: Counterinsurgency

The Rains Fail

By Clint Douglas Today's New York Times contains a particularly disturbing piece about the drought in Afghanistan and the looming certainty of widespread famine throughout the country this winter. Given the more attention grabbing and violent headlines coming out of Afghanistan and Pakistan, I doubt that this unwelcome news will...

By | September 19, 2008; 05:18 PM ET | Comments (4)

Fighting Over the Future

By Shawn Brimley Most defense analysts have been following the debate going on in military circles over what the future threat environment will look like and how to best prepare America's military. To those who may not be wonkish enough to follow the blow-by-blow in the pages of Armed Forces...

By | September 17, 2008; 04:02 PM ET | Comments (17)

Two Ways to Think About Iraq

By Shawn Brimley Having spent a little time in Iraq last month (with my co-bloggers and colleagues Colin and John), I was extremely impressed with the security gains there, but came away very concerned about how sustainable they are absent more political progress. I won't rehash all the arguments over...

By | September 11, 2008; 02:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

False Idols

By Colin Kahl As a result of Bob Woodward's new book, "The War Within", a narrative is emerging that paints President Bush as a valiant hero who stood up to his Generals and insisted on the surge. In doing so, Bush fans argue, the president's "extraordinary decision" snatched victory from...

By | September 11, 2008; 05:07 AM ET | Comments (15)

Supporting Those Who Serve - All of Them

By Janine Davidson Last night, as I was flipping through the TV channels I stumbled upon the ABC special, "America United in Support of Our Troops." This 2-hour prime-time extravaganza, filmed on the beach near Camp Pendleton in California, included such stars as Janet Jackson, Snoop Dog, Toby Keith, and...

By | September 8, 2008; 10:19 PM ET | Comments (3)

Back to the Beginning

By Clint Douglas The war in Afghanistan is spiraling out of control. Long referred to as "The forgotten war" or "the other war, " Afghanistan demands immediate corrective attention, lest we go the way of our British and Soviet predecessors. Their failure was never predestined to become ours, and yet...

By | September 8, 2008; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Hearts and Minds and Force

A new paper examines the role of force in counterinsurgency.

By Phillip Carter | July 8, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

War By Any Other Name

What do you call the kind of wars we're fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan?

By Phillip Carter | June 8, 2008; 08:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Charlie's Wars

Two new provocative pieces from Charlie Dunlap.

By Phillip Carter | April 16, 2008; 03:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Other Side of the COIN

An Army officer wages a counter-counterinsurgency campaign against Gen. Petraeus.

By Phillip Carter | April 7, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

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