The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

Issue 1202

America's options in Afghanistan
Introduction
Introduction

Can the Afghan war be won?

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

This is now America's longest war, yet it has been so sparsely debated of late.  Can this war be won?  Have there been gains worthy of the sacrifices in blood and treasure incurred by the United States and its allies?  Or is it time to acknowledge that this war cannot be brought to any meaningful conclusion let alone a victorious one?

Introduction

World leaders at NATO Summit must ask, as The Caravan did: Can the Afghan war be won?

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Thursday, May 17, 2012

As world leaders gather in Chicago this weekend for the NATO Summit, one item will dominate the agenda: NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan

Featured Analysis
Featured Analysis

Consolidating Gains and Hardening the Afghan State Against Organized Crime and Enemy Subversion

by H. R. McMastervia The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

The mass murder attacks against our own nation on September 11, 2001 and subsequent attacks on other nations including the U.K., Spain, and India, demonstrate clearly the importance of denying transnational terrorist organizations access to the resources, freedom of movement, safe havens, and ideological space they need to plan, organize, and conduct these attacks.

Featured Analysis

The Other Side of the COIN

by Leon Wieseltiervia The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

The origins of a war do not always illuminate its outcome.

Featured Analysis

Next Generation Afghanistan

by Clare Lockhartvia The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

Afghanistan has been at war, in one form or another, for more than thirty years.

Featured Analysis

Needed: A Political Strategy after the Deal Collapses

by Colonel Joel Rayburnvia The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

Observers rightly say that the Afghanistan campaign will not result in a sustainable outcome without a political strategy to accompany the military operations NATO is conducting.  In too many minds, however, formulating a political strategy has been equated to brokering a deal

Featured Analysis

To stay, to quit, or to soldier on in Afghanistan?

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

In a twist on the dilemma faced by Shakespeare’s Hamlet—“to be or not to be”—Americans now ask themselves the question in light of several recent setbacks in Afghanistan: to stay or to get out?  If the United States stays, can the war be won?  If it leaves, what will be the co

Featured Analysis

The Great Retreat

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

As the 2014 promised departure from Afghanistan draws nearer, popular support for the war is dwindling, and not only in the United States.

Featured Analysis

Under Eastern Eyes

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

When Alexander the Great led soldiers of the world’s sole superpower into Afghanistan he did not fulfill the requirements of today’s counterinsurgency doctrine.  He “cleared”, and he “built” – the cities today called Herat, Kandahar, and Bagram – but he didn’t “hold”.  He move

Featured Analysis

Nothing Left

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

The Afghans want us to stay, so it is long past time to haul up the gear and leave the Hindu Kush to its ways.  In one of his many outrageous statements, Hamid Karzai, last November, laid out his view of our place in his scheme of things.  “The lion doesn’t like it if a foreig