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Think Again: The Afghan Surge

In the lastest issue of Foreign Policy, Gilles Dorronsoro of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace challenges the inside-the-beltway conventional wisdom that the war in Afghanistan can be won if we just had more time, more troops and more funding. As Dorronsoro argues, “It’s now a nine-year war — not nine one-year wars.”:

With conditions deteriorating on the ground and the Taliban gaining strength across the country, coalition forces will be in an even worse position next year than they are now…As the Taliban solidify their power, they will be less and less likely to talk. It’s time to negotiate — this is the only way forward.

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20 Organizations Express Continued Disappointment in NDAA Budget Gimmick

  Dear Senator /Representative, The recently released conference report for the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would authorize an additional $3.2 billion unrequested by the Pentagon, effectively exceeding the spending limits set in place previously by Congress [...]

Your holiday weekend long reads are here

Now that the election is over it is time to take a fresh look at the national security and foreign policy challenges that lie ahead. That’s why we are sending you our third in a series of long reads that give you more in-depth analysis about the issues that we will dominate the upcoming year. These [...]