Dr. Kimberly Kagan, President of ISW, is interviewed by the Council on Foreign Relations about Afghanistan's troop deficit.
Regional Command South
The day after Gen. Stanley McChrystal sent his strategic assessment to the Pentagon, the call for retreat is already being sounded, this time, from columnist George Will.
ISW President Kimberly Kagan's latest opinion piece about the Afghanistan counterinsurgency the front page of Foreign Policy.
ISW Communication Director Megan Ortagus writes an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer about USMC Operation Dagger.
Establishing a Police Force for Afghanistan
Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has played an increasingly important role in virtually all aspects of Afghan society. From 2005 to 2007, opium cultivation nearly doubled, from 104,000 hectares (ha) to 193,000 hectares.1 Production peaked in 2007, resulting in an estimated 8,200 tons of opium, an increase of 34 percent over the previous year.2 There is a symbiotic relationship between the drug trade and the insurgency.