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Is Islamic State Still a Threat?

cc Flickr U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, modified, public domain, Iraqi security forces soldiers pause for a photo during react to enemy contact training at Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb. 25, 2017. The soldiers attended a Junior Leaders Course led by Coalition forces designed to enhance basic combat skills in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Brecht)

Is Islamic State a spent force or a globe-spanning “al-Qaeda on steroids”?

Superpower in Denial: Stubbornness and Washington’s Unending Afghan War

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The publishing of the Afghanistan Papers, a trove of documents documenting the Afghan war, by Washington Post is the latest piece in an intricate puzzle of attempting to understand a decade-long and seemingly unending …

Understanding Russian Involvement in Afghanistan

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Some of the historical context underpinning Russia’s post-peace talks involvement in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: New Election, Old Problems

An Afghan elder shows his inked finger to show he voted during the heavily anticipated Afghanistan elections in Barge Matal, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2009. Afghanistan village elders are considered to be the role models and leaders among the Afghan civilians. U.S. Army soldiers helped provide security during the elections. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Allison, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Inked_finger.jpg

Bad news is emanating from Afghanistan in a near-constant stream, and much of it is very familiar.

US Pullout from Afghanistan (February 10, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss what the United States achieved in Afghanistan and how regional interests are primed to reassert themselves once the US military leaves.

The Great Game Revived: Russia’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving Russia’s foreign policy there.

The Great Game Revived: India’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving India’s foreign policy there.

The Great Game Revived: Pakistan’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving Pakistan’s foreign policy there.

Taliban Talks: “Vietnamization” Redux?

An Afghan commando, with the Afghan National Army’s 3rd Commando Kandak, provides security overwatch via rooftop for fellow Commandos and U.S. Navy SEALs , with Special Operations Task Force – South, during a village clearing operation in Khakrez district, May 6, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Missions such as these are conducted on a regular basis to hinder Taliban influence throughout the province and increase security for the general populace.

In this latest round of Taliban talks, will the United States repeat historical mistakes or manage to overcome them?

Outlook 2019: The Year in Drought

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Tracking some of the most vulnerable and food-insecure regions in what is expected to be the hottest year ever.

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