Search Results for "Afghanistan" : 79

by / on March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: U.S. Foreign Policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

…d. Coll soon shifted the focus of the conversation to Pakistan’s neighbor across the porous Durand Line border – Afghanistan. Rashid immediately noted the questionable and improbable nature of a successful withdrawal in the near future. He discussed the two-pronged disappointment currently standing in the way of favorable results. First, he discussed declining discipline and morale. He referred to the conflict in Afghanistan as the longest war Am…

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by / on October 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm / in Interview

Robert Jervis Waxes Pessimistic on Afghanistan

…by Deployed in an Afghan poppy field. Narayan: You put forth the idea of withdrawal without winning in Afghanistan. One of your biggest arguments was that Taliban resurgence does not necessarily entail al-Qaeda resurgence. … Can one not argue that we will be repeating the same mistake we made when we pulled out of Afghanistan in the 1990s? Jervis: I think this is perhaps the biggest question we are facing. That is, what will happen when…

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by / on February 6, 2012 at 11:30 am / in Opinion, World

But Seriously, Let’s Go

…to end the combat mission at the end of 2014. About 130,000 American and Coalition forces are still deployed in Afghanistan, but we can expect that number to go down markedly within the next year or so. This announcement has been met with jubilation on the left and criticism on the right. Are we not giving the Taliban and other terrorist groups an exact date at which they can descend from the hills and lay waste to Afghanistan once more? Is Pres…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:47 am / in Asia, World

Islamabad Relations

…he geostrategic importance of Pakistan extends beyond the election cycle. US and NATO troops are poised to leave Afghanistan in the next few years, and the main obstacle to post-withdrawal stability is the insurgency, composed of groups such as the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and al-Qaeda. The insurgents thrive because they can cross the notoriously porous Afghanistan-Pakistan border or reside at its Federally Administered Tribal Areas for…

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by / on February 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World, Zubair Akram

Afghanistan’s Terrible Trajectory

…art of the matter, much of the lack of success stems from both sides indifference toward the political future of Afghanistan. Afghanistan has been in a state of war since 1979. Outside powers have inflicted great chaos in an already lawless territory. Tribes have exploited gains with both anti-Taliban and Taliban forces. But I am fully assured that Afghanistan’s future has to rest with the Afghani people themselves. As history has shown us proper…

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by / on October 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Why Pakistan Still Matters

…cal system and turn it into an Islamic state. By the end of next year, U.S. forces are expected to withdraw from Afghanistan where the Afghani Taliban is seeking to come back to power. What Pakistan really wants, despite American resistance, is that the Afghani Taliban comes back in power in Afghanistan for regional stability. This represents a divergence in the interests facing both the U.S. and Pakistan. When the U.S. entered in Afghanistan, it…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm / in Middle East, World

With Arms Wide Open: The Threat of Iranian Arms Trafficking

…litary forces on both borders. Across the Gulf lies Saudi Arabia, another ideological and geopolitical rival. In Afghanistan, the Taliban are enemies of the United States yet also enemies of Iran. Indeed, Afghanistan is one of three countries—including Iraq and Pakistan—that could potentially destabilize, inundating Iran with refugees and threatening its overall security. Arguably, Iran’s civilian nuclear program, and their alleged nuclear weapon…

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by / on October 18, 2009 at 5:25 pm / in Asia, Culture, Issue, World

More Than a War Zone

…cently, George W. Bush. Once viewed as a quick means to avenge Middle Eastern terrorism, the American mission in Afghanistan is quickly falling into the same trap that has ensnared past invasions of this war-hardened country. Ralph White wrote in Political Psychology in 1990 that aggressors lose largely because they “fail to expect the fierce, tenacious resistance of their victims” due to “a lack of realistic empathy.” Afghanistan’s culture of te…

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by / on October 19, 2014 at 11:50 am / in Campus, Events

Events 10/20 – 10/26

…ing book manuscript with Cambridge University Press entitled Warlords, Strongman Governors and State Building in Afghanistan.  She has been conducting research in eastern and northern Afghanistan, as well as Kabul, since 2007 and made her first trip to the country  for a project with the Aga Khan Development Network in 2004. Mukhopadhyay teaches in the field of international security.  This fall, she will teach a course on state formation, violen…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm / in Europe, Issue, World

A Fresh Order of Domino Theory

…ently, the 1980s saw a stark role reversal, as the Soviet military began combating a threat to communist rule in Afghanistan. The communist opposition in Afghanistan was then met with US weaponry and financial aid. When looked through the domino theory prism, these events can be seen as paradigmatic episodes of “containment.” The United States viewed Vietnam as another threat enabling the spread of communism. Equivalently, the Soviet Union viewed…

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