The Irreconcilables: The Haqqani Network

June 28, 2010 -

This backgrounder outlines the history of the Haqqani Network in Pakistan.

"A Winnable War" by Kimberly and Fredrick Kagan (TWS)

June 26, 2010 - Institute for the Study of War

"With a new commander and a renewed commitment from the commander in chief, we will make military progress in Afghanistan."

Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Afghan Connection (Bellum)

June 16, 2010 -

ISW Research Analyst Jeffrey Dressler offers thoughts on Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba at Bellum, a Project of the Stanford Review.

Will the Marines Push into Northern Helmand?

June 10, 2010 -

Northern Helmand may be the next focal point of U.S. and British efforts in the province, just four months after U.S. Marines launched the massive Operation Moshtarak in central Helmand.

Pakistan's North Waziristan Mirage (Bellum)

June 7, 2010 -

ISW Research Analyst Jeffrey Dressler offers thoughts on North Waziristan at Bellum, A Project of the Stanford Review.

"Time to Lead, and Live" by LTG James Dubik, U.S. Army (Ret.)

June 3, 2010 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Time to Lead, and Live

by LTG James M. Dubik, U.S. Army, (Ret.) ARMY Magazine, June 2010

Consolidating Private Security Companies in Southern Afghanistan

May 28, 2010 - Kimberly Kagan

This backgrounder outlines the complex relationship between private security companies and ISAF in southern Afghanistan.

The U.S. must defend the integrity of Iraqi elections (Washington Post)

April 30, 2010 -

Kimberly Kagan and Fredrick Kagan write about turmoil of governemnt formation following the Iraqi elections and what the U.S. should do in response.

ISW Senior Fellow Michael Gordon guest blogs on

April 30, 2010 - Michael R. Gordon

 Does the Military Oversuse PowerPoint?

Michael Gordon for's blog The Tank

April 28, 2010


The Tank asks the experts: Has the U.S. military gone overboard with its passion for Power Points, or is it just a case of briefers using the tool as a crutch to flesh out an otherwise poorly delivered brief?


Iraqi Candidate Disqualification Update

April 29, 2010 -

This backgrounder provides the names of potentially disqualified seat winners and the consequences if the move is upheld.