An ‘Endgame’ to the Ongoing Afghanistan Conflict
Foreign Policy / Middle East / Politics

An ‘Endgame’ to the Ongoing Afghanistan Conflict

On May 27th, 2014, President Barack Obama announced a formal “endgame” to the thirteen-year war in Afghanistan.  He declared  there will be less than 10,000 troops by the end of 2014, and a near complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of Obama’s presidency in 2016. Shortly after the President’s announcement on Tuesday, Republican representatives … Continue reading

Lack of Peace in the Afghan-Taliban “Peace” Talks
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Lack of Peace in the Afghan-Taliban “Peace” Talks

On Tuesday, the United States, Afghanistan, and the Taliban agreed to participate in peace talks in Doha, Qatar.  But by Wednesday the Afghan government had pulled out of the talks and the American government remained confused and stung by the broken promise of discussion.  The already rocky-road to peace represents what is to come, and how … Continue reading

The Fine Line Between Mending and Meddling
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The Fine Line Between Mending and Meddling

The United States is the largest giver of foreign aid in the world, providing $49.5 billion in economic and military assistance in 2011. Clearly, charity is one of our strong suits. But with the slow economic recovery, and approximately $12 trillion in national debt, the fact is that we cannot afford to keep this up. … Continue reading

Intervention in Syria: Old Problem, New Tactics
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Intervention in Syria: Old Problem, New Tactics

Events from last week highlight two very different faces of the Syrian intervention movement and how each is evolving: Senator John McCain’s visit with rebel leaders, and the as yet unconfirmed report of an American combatant’s death. These developments have attracted increased attention to the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria, a prospect which seemed … Continue reading