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Afghanistan: Exchange for Sgt Bergdahl Sets Up More Kidnappings

Over the past few decades, US foreign defense policy has lurched from one self-made disaster to another; the most recent example is the exchange of five Taliban commanders who had … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Pakistan: Islamabad should Negotiate an Agreement with the Taliban

Over the past few months, Pakistan has undergone the first democratic transition in its history. Unfortunately, this change has done nothing to solve the country’s problems, which include, but are … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Afghanistan: Shadow of US Withdrawal Darkens Hopes for a Stable Future by Clouding the Hopes of the Middle-Class

US President Barack Obama is expected to announce the withdrawal of 34,000 American troops from Afghanistan in his upcoming 2013 State of the Union (SOTU) address. The president’s plan will … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Afghanistan: Karzai Playing Short Game Under the Guise of a Lengthy Strategic Plan

In order to understand the reasons behind President Karzai’s policy initiatives, one must first recognize his two motivations. Since Hamid Karzai’s presidential term is scheduled to end in 2014 following … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Afghanistan: Taliban’s Desire to Come in from the Cold Likely Due to the Weather and Not the Season

The New York Times recently reported that Taliban representatives have floated the idea of working with the Afghan government and opposition officials, and adopting “the current American-financed army as their … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Afghanistan: Lack of Institutions Portends a Dangerous Future

The Washington Post recently wrote about security conditions in the Wardak province and how residents of small rural town in that province, Syedabad, feel they are stuck between a rock … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

2012 US Presidential Elections: Wherefore Art Thou, Legitimate Conservative Candidate?

As the US presidential election season lurches towards its inevitable and welcome conclusion, politicos are spending their limited free time and rapidly declining eyesight on evaluating every minutiae of this … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · Leave a comment