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Thinking Aloud: “America’s Invisible Wars,” Part I

April 15, 2016 by Darius  I recently saw a panel discussion at the CATO Institute (I know, outside my normal range!) on “America’s Invisible Wars.”  The discussion focused on some of America’s lesser-known on-going interventions: Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  The … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Afghan Government Turns to Militias as Taliban Gains Strength”

“Afghan Government Turns to Militias as Taliban Gains Strength” The Washington Post, October 29, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/as-taliban-resurges-an-afghan-warlord-gains-power/2015/10/29/5e431aaa-21bf-4713-b681-7226681c18a1_story.html “A militia fighter wearing a loose-fitting Afghan tunic and sandals, and with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher strapped to his back, stands at a checkpoint … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: What’s in a Name?

Oct. 24, 2015 by Darius  Have you ever wondered, when referring to the language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, which term should be used, “Farsi” or “Persian”? The two aren’t actually complete synonyms. Both the terms “Persian” and “Farsi” … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces”

“U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces” The New York Times, October 4, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/world/middleeast/uss-billions-fail-to-sustain-foreign-forces.html “With alarming frequency in recent years, thousands of American-trained security forces in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia have collapsed, stalled or … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Afghan Taliban Seize Kunduz City Center in Landmark Gain”

“Afghan Taliban Seize Kunduz City Center in Landmark Gain” Reuters, September 28, 2015 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/28/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RS0A820150928 “Taliban fighters on Monday battled their way into the center of Kunduz, a city in northern Afghanistan, and seized the provincial governor’s office in one of … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Who’s in Charge of the Taliban?

“Who’s in Charge of the Taliban?” Foreign Policy, July 29, 2015 https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/29/whos-in-charge-of-the-taliban/ “Two days before the second official meeting between the Afghan government and the Taliban is scheduled to take place, fresh rumors are swirling that Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Thieves of State”

July 8, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security by Sarah Chayes, who was formerly affiliated with the US military and spent 10 years in Afghanistan.  Simple yet extraordinarily powerful, Thieves of State … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Iran and the Taliban?

June 12, 2015 by Darius  Strange times make for strange bedfellows.  According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, part of the Taliban’s ongoing resurgence in Afghanistan is made possible by a new set of benefactors:  Iran. Iran is … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Afghanistan’s Buddhas Rise Again”

“Afghanistan’s Buddhas Rise Again” The Atlantic, June 10, 2015 http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/06/3d-buddhas-afghanistan/395576/?utm “Residents of Bamiyan got a rare opportunity over the weekend: a chance to once again see giant Buddhas that have been piles of rubble for over a decade. 3-D projection … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The New Unknown Soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan”

“The New Unknown Soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan” Foreign Policy, May 29, 2015 https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/29/the-new-unknown-soldiers-of-afghanistan-and-iraq/ “Since 9/11, a total of 1,592 private contractors (approximately 32 percent of whom were Americans) working on Department of Defense contracts were also killed in Afghanistan. Last … Continue reading

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