The Taliban’s end Game and the US Exit from Afghanistan

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By Jeff Bates The endgame for the Taliban is relatively straightforward. They have two main objectives and are determined to meet them. Their two objectives are to get all foreign troops out of the country and to implement Sharia law throughout all of Afghanistan. They will continue to wage terror…

A South Asian Power Play

On July 5, 2012, Posted by , In Asia,Middle East, By ,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on A South Asian Power Play

Pakistan has been gambling for a long time with its use of militants as a strategic edge over India. The Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) created and utilized different groups that we generally label as “Taliban” in order to counter Indian power in the region. This has been a several…

Afghanistan’s Dual Supply Problem

On May 22, 2012, Posted by , In Asia,North America, By ,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Afghanistan’s Dual Supply Problem

Afghanistan will face two major issues this year. The more publicized issue is Pakistan’s refusal to open up their supply routes into Afghanistan for NATO use. The lesser known issue is the devastatingly poor poppy harvest. Both of these problems will create unique challenges for NATO forces. A brief examination…

Winning Hearts and Minds…and (hopefully) the whole war too.

On February 13, 2012, Posted by , In Asia,North America, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Winning Hearts and Minds…and (hopefully) the whole war too.

The future of the War in Afghanistan became more complex on 1 February when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the U.S. would end its combat role early by summer 2013. This significant development means that the counter-insurgency campaign that NATO is fighting will rely heavily on Afghan National Forces…