Hy Rothstein


Hy Rothstein has been on the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA since 2002. Hy has spent considerable time in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines observing the conduct of those wars. Dr. Rothstein has written and edited books about Afghanistan, Iraq, the similarities between insurgency and gang violence, military deception, and the challenges of measuring success and failure during war. Dr. Rothstein teaches courses on the strategic utility of special operations, military deception, and psychological and political warfare. He also served in the US Army as a Special Forces officer for more than twenty-six years.

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Americanism In Afghanistan? A Flawed Design

by Hy Rothstein, John Arquillavia Strategika
Monday, February 26, 2018

Since the war in Afghanistan began in late 2001, three successive presidential administrations have claimed that the Taliban are on the verge of collapse, the Afghan military is close to securing the country, and Afghan leaders in Kabul are just one step away from providing legitimate governance.