Sunday, October 15, 2017

Commentary on Afghanistan

Kicking the Taliban Out of Qatar? Some believe that the move by President Trump to have the Taliban 'diplomatic office' closed down would be a mistake. A few 'experts' on Afghanistan have collaborated on an opinion piece that advances the argument that the conflict will end only through a negotiated settlement among the United States, the Afghan government, and the Taliban. Read "Expelling the Taliban From Qatar Would be a Grave Mistake", Foreign Policy, October 6, 2017.

Why Soviets Failed in Afghanistan. A Canadian military officer provides his thoughts in a short article on why the Soviets could not win the counterinsurgency fight in Afghanistan. He contributes the failed COIN campaign to two major factors - the political situation in the Soviet Union and the failure of the Soviets to recognize the objection of Afghans to a communist regime. He believes that the U.S. support to the Afghan resistance was not as great a factor as some believe. Read "Did Reagan Defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan?", Small Wars Journal, October 14,2017.

RS Mission in Afghanistan. A researcher, Rajat Ahlawat of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), outlines the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan - providing info on the organizations, missions, and objectives. Read "The Future of US Troops in Afghanistan: Assessing Potential Roles - Analysis", Eurasia Review, October 10, 2017.

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