ISW in Brief: Afghan Parliament Stymied by Protests, Infighting

September 1, 2011

Nearly 700 Afghans took to the streets and threatened to block off roads in Kabul last week to protest a recent ruling by the Independent Election Commission.

Pakistan's Kurram Offensive-Implications for Afghanistan

August 18, 2011

The insurgency in Afghanistan’s eastern region is likely to benefit from the Pakistani military’s new military operations in Kurram Agency.

Unchecked and Unbalanced: President Karzai and the Afghan Parliament

August 1, 2011

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is on the brink of a constitutional crisis with no clear solution.

Obama's Iraq Abdication-Deputy Director Marisa Cochrane Sullivan (The Wall Street Journal)

July 28, 2011

Upon taking office in 2009, President Obama inherited a winning hand in Iraq—and yet his administration has played it like a losing one.

Success Against Al Qaeda Depends on Success in Afghanistan (The Weekly Standard)

June 20, 2011 - Kimberly Kagan

The New York Times reports today that senior officials within the Obama administration are pressing for an accelerated withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.

How to Deal with Pakistan (The Weekly Standard)

June 10, 2011 -

Later this month, President Obama will decide the size and scope of the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

We Have the Momentum in Afghanistan (Wall Street Journal)

June 7, 2011 - Kimberly Kagan

Americans may be tired of war, but war is not tired of us. Right now, we have the momentum against those enemies in Afghanistan. This is the time to press the fight.

A Dangerous Mix: Militant Groups in North Waziristan

June 1, 2011

North Waziristan hosts a blend of insurgents and terrorists operating against Pakistan and Afghanistan, with some also targeting the American homeland.

Policy Brief: Extending the U.S. Military Role in Iraq

May 25, 2011

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) requires the U.S. military to completely withdraw from Iraq no later than December 31, 211. Yet, Iraq is failing to maintain internal security.

ISW in Brief: Jailbreak Spurs Attacks in Kandahar City

May 12, 2011

Last Saturday, May 7, dozens of heavily-armed Taliban fighters engaged Afghan security forces and brought Kandahar City’s urban center to a standstill for over 30 hours.