Helmand Province, Afghanistan

October 9, 2009 - Institute for the Study of War

A map of Helmand Province, Afghanistan and its neighbors.

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"Afghanistan, Eight Years On" by Jeffrey A. Dressler (RCW Blog)

October 7, 2009

Eight years on, the Obama administration is reconsidering first principles for the war effort, despite articulating its goals for the region earlier this year.

"Don't Go Wobbly on Afghanistan" (The Weekly Standard)

October 5, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

Don't Go Wobbly on Afghanistan

President Obama was right in March.

The Weekly Standard, By Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan, October 12, 2009


"Don't Believe That We Can Afford to Lose" (The New York Times)

October 5, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

Don't Believe That We Can Afford to Lose

10 Steps to Victory in Afghanistan

 The New York Times, By Kimberly Kagan and Frederick W. Kagan, October 3, 2009


Red Teaming Afghanistan: How Will the Enemy Respond?

October 1, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

Dr. Kimberly Kagan (ISW) and Dr. Fred Kagan (AEI) have produced a second report considering how enemy groups would respond to several US Policy scenarios.

How Not to Defeat al Qaeda

September 28, 2009 - Institute for the Study of War

To win in Afghanistan requires troops on the ground. More analysis by Fred and Kim Kagan.

Securing Helmand: Understanding and Responding to the Enemy

September 28, 2009

ISW Research Analyst Jeffrey A. Dressler explores the enemy system in Helmand Province and provides a thorough analysis of ISAF operations against the enemy.

"No Alternative"-Guest Blog @ New York Times

September 22, 2009

ISW President Kimberly Kagan and American Enterprise Institute's Director of Critical Threats Project Fred Kagan present their comprehensive strategy for success in Afghanistan.

A Comprehensive Strategy: Afghanistan Force Requirements

September 21, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

Dr. Kimberly Kagan of ISW and Dr. Frederick W. Kagan of AEI team up to produce a detailed PowerPoint presentation on Afghanistan force requirements based on GEN. McChrystal's strategic review.

"Can Iraq Awakening be repeated..."

September 15, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

The latest Washington Examiner opinion piece by ISW President Dr. Kimberly Kagan in the Washington Examiner.