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    A Newsless Wikileak: New Afghan Strategy Still Sound

    The posting of over 90,000 classified US government documents by Wikileaks has raised fresh questions about the US strategy in Afghanistan. Leaking of classified information, particularly on this scale, has the potential to damage US national security interests and in general should be discouraged. Much of the information from the … More

    Five Recommendations for David Cameron

    David Cameron’s visit to the United States this week offers the prime minister a major opportunity to assert a stronger British presence on the world stage after a period of notable decline under Gordon Brown. On both Afghanistan and Iran, two key issues likely to feature heavily in his White … More

    Car Bombs and Grenades in Mexico: Look South to FARC, Maras, and Chavez

    Reporting on the July 16 car bombing in Ciudad Juarez led one journalist to evoke images of the battle against Islamist terrorist in Iraq and Afghanistan. The attack, seemingly lifted from an al-Qaeda playbook, demonstrated once again that the cartels are a step ahead of both an already guarded public … More

    Grumbling on Capitol Hill About Administration’s Timeline for Afghanistan

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Senate Republicans last week that he would try to fix the problem caused by the Obama Administration’s mixed messages about its commitment to the war in Afghanistan. Alex Bolton Friday reported in The Hill that Gates told a group of Republican Senators in a … More

    Somalia's al-Shabab and the Long War on Terrorism

    Sunday’s terror attacks in Kampala, Uganda are now known to be the work of Somalia’s Al-Shabab [the Youth], a self-declared ally of Osama bin Laden and operating arm of al-Qaeda in the Horn of Africa. Al-Shabab is increasingly being run by foreign fighters trained in Afghanistan. The group is also … More

    Unfinished Business: The U.S.-U.K. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty

    In an important speech at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday that demonstrated the new British government’s commitment to standing shoulder to shoulder with the U.S., Dr. Liam Fox, the British Secretary of State for Defense, issued a blunt warning that the U.S., Britain, and its allies in Afghanistan need to … More

    Afghanistan: Time to Rethink the Timeline

    President Obama has stated that his decision to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal and replace him with Gen. David Petraeus is a change of personnel, but not of policy.  But many analysts believe that a change of policy is also in order. Daniel Serwer, Vice President of the Centers for Peacebuilding … More

    Timelines Gone Wild!

    When is a timeline not really a timeline? When the President says so. See GITMO, Healthcare, etc…now add Afghanistan. At a press conference today, President Obama said of his Afghanistan withdrawal timeline, “We didn’t say we’d be switching off the lights and closing the door behind us. We said we’d … More

    Why Victory in Afghanistan is Crucial

    Today’s firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, our top commander in Afghanistan, dealt only with a symptom of the disease eating away at our Afghan strategy, and at the risk of perhaps worsening the condition. The general’s disdain for his civilian leaders, expressed to a magazine and which led to his … More

    Focus on the Mission, Not the Man

    The president is commander-in-chief. He gets to decide who leads the fight in our nation’s war. He is our leader, and he is responsible for securing victory against our nation’s enemies. There are vital U.S. interests at stake in Afghanistan. Failure is a terrible option. Failure will mean a vicious … More