Sunday, June 18, 2017


U.S. Needs to work with Regional Powers for Afghan Peace. Moeed Yusuf believes that American officials need to keep in the forefront of their thinking the goal of obtaining peace in Afghanistan where the country does not harbor or support terrorism. Read "An Afghan Settlement Will Require America to Work with Russia, Iran and Pakistan", The National Interest, June 11, 2017.

Failing Afghan Strategy of Trump Administration. Tom Rogan reports on a lack of an Afghan strategy within the current White House. He provides three recommendations for the Trump admin. Read more in "The Trump administration's (lack of) strategy for Afghanistan is failing", Washington Examiner, June 14, 2017.

Afghans Need More Aircraft. Gary Anderson, who spent time in a remote province of Afghanistan as a civilian advisor, says that Afghanistan needs more helicopters so it can move troops, conduct MEDEVACs, and resupply its far-flung outposts. Read "What the Afghan Army Needs is an Adequate Air Force", The Washington Times, June 8, 2017.

Review of Brad Pitt's 'War Machine'. Netflix is airing a movie about the Afghan conflict. In the movie General Stanley McChrystal is played by actor Brad Pitt. The reaction to the movie by veterans of the Afghan conflict is varied. Some see some redeeming segments while others see it as Hollywood as usual. Whitney Kassel, a foreign policy analyst, provides her take on the movie in "Screw Brad Pitt and the 'War Machine' He Rode in on", Foreign Policy, June 13, 2017.

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