"Flexibility Key to U.S. Withdrawal from Iraqi Cities"

June 23, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

For the first time since the start of the war, American forces are withdrawing from Iraq’s cities, reducing their numbers and turning responsibility for security over to Iraqi forces.

"Iraq: Three Movements, but No Symphony" by LTG James Dubik (ret.)

June 1, 2009 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

The term surge is a popular catchword these days, but it is unhelpful in understanding the realities and complexities of what has happened and is happening in Iraq.

Provincial Governments in Southern Iraq

May 29, 2009 - Tommy Meyerson

Following Iraq’s provincial council elections on January 31, 2009, the political parties that captured seats in the provinces of the mainly Shia south scrambled to form ruling alliances.

"New team faces daunting challenges"

May 25, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

ISW President Kimberly Kagan writes an editorial in the Washington Examiner on the new American leadership in Afghanistan and NATO.

Afghanistan's Ethno-Linguistic Groups

May 19, 2009 - Institute for the Study of War

ISW's most recent map of Afghanistan indicates the locations of ethno-linguistic groups and their representation in Afghanistan's largest cities.

Shifting Coalitions in Iraq's Parliament

April 28, 2009 - Jeremy Domergue

On April 19th, 2009, Iraq’s Council of Representatives successfully elected Ayad al-Samaraie as its new speaker of parliament.

Afghanistan Political Map

April 23, 2009 - Institute for the Study of War

Afghanistan Political Map

Map of Afghanistan and Its Neighbors

April 16, 2009 - Institute for the Study of War

A topographical map of Afghanistan and its neighbors that show major roads, cities, and tributaries.

"The Promise, and Peril, Ahead for Iraq"

April 9, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

The parliament has learned how to use the power of the purse.

"Yes, We Can. In the 'graveyard of empires' we are fighting a war we can win" in the Weekly Standard

March 23, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

If you believe the headlines, Afghanistan is "the graveyard of empires," a "quagmire" and a "fiasco," the place where President Barack Obama will meet his "Vietnam."