Publications

"Why we must stick with Obama's Afghan strategy" (Washington Post)

December 17, 2010 - Kimberly Kagan

Now that President Obama has authorized Gen. David Petraeus to continue to execute the current strategy in Afghanistan, the question is: Can the U.S. strategy succeed?

Counterinsurgency in Kandahar: Evaluating the 2010 Hamkari Campaign

December 15, 2010

Report #7 details the ISAF & Afghan counteroffensive in Kandahar province during summer & fall 2010; part of Hamkari, the term given to the combined civil-military campaign to weaken the insurgency.

Iraq's Lessons For Transition In Afghanistan

November 15, 2010 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

In his December 2009 speech at West Point, President Obama set July 2011 as the beginning of a process of transition in Afghanistan...

Iraq’s Lessons for Transition in Afghanistan

November 15, 2010 - Press ISW

In his December 2009 speech at West Point, President Obama set July 2011 as the beginning of a process of transition in Afghanistan, where geographic or functional responsibilities are to be handed over from the international coalition to the host nation. As policymakers in NATO capitals and practitioners in Afghanistan think about transition, they can take a lesson from the Iraq experience.

"The Afghan Insurgent Group That Will Not Negotiate" (The Atlantic)

October 25, 2010

Negotiating with the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization in Afghanistana nd Pakistan, is not an option.

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