Afghanistan

An Insider's View of the Palestinian Unity Deal

  • By
  • Tom Kutsch,
  • New America Foundation
May 6, 2011 |

A unity agreement signed this week in Cairo between Palestinian political factions marks the first time in 4 years that a Palestinian government will be unified across the West Bank and Gaza (hitherto the territories were split between governments led by Fatah in the former and Hamas in the latter).

The State of Education in Afghanistan and a Report on Afghanistan's High Peace Council

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 12:30pm

Please join the New America Foundation National Security Studies Program for an intimate, invite-only luncheon and discussion with Farooq Wardak, Afghanistan's Minister of Education and the Chair of the International Relations Committee on Afghanistan's High Peace Council, tasked with spearheading efforts to promote reconciliation with the Taliban. Minister Wardak will address the state of education in Afghanistan and the achievements of the High Peace Council.

This is an invite-only, on-the-record event.

The Outlaw

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
May 16, 2011 |

ABSTRACT: A REPORTER AT LARGE about the life and death of Osama bin Laden and bin Laden’s use of the media to expand his influence. Writer recalls travelling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2005, where he saw the house in which bin Laden had come of age and also visited the offices of an advertising agency run by bin Laden’s eldest son, Abdullah. Comments on the similarities between the house in Jeddah and the house in Pakistan where bin Laden was killed.

Programs:

Don't Count on a Peace Deal with Taliban

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
May 24, 2011 |

Recently, both The Washington Post and the German magazine Der Spiegel have reported on meetings between U.S. officials and representatives of the Taliban that have taken place in Germany to discuss some form of peace negotiations.

Talking to the Taliban makes sense, but there are major impediments standing in the way of a deal.

The Raw Truth About the US-UK 'Special Relationship'

  • By
  • Steven Clemons,
  • New America Foundation
May 23, 2011 |

During the tough-fought Democratic presidential primary between then-senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, at a wry moment during a televised debate, Clinton called Obama "very likeable" and he responded with the sterile retort, "you're likeable enough".

Peter Bergen Discusses National Security Implications of Direct Talks between United States and Taliban before Senate

May 24, 2011

Amid reports that Germany is helping mediate secret, direct talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban, New America Foundation’s Peter Bergen today testified before the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations to examine the current threat posed by al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghanistan Has Three Wars at Once. Let’s Fight the Right One

  • By
  • Douglas Ollivant,
  • New America Foundation
May 23, 2011 |

There is not one war in Afghanistan. There are three.

First, there is the fight against al-Qaeda and related terrorist groups. Second is the war to protect and support the fledgling Afghan government against the Taliban insurgency. The third war is the least understood but the most enduring: the internal social and cultural battle between the urban modernizers of Afghanistan, mostly based in Kabul, and the rural, tribal, anti-modern peoples who live in the country's inaccessible mountain regions.

Egyptian Saif al-Adel Appointed Acting Leader of Al Qaeda

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
May 17, 2011 |

An Egyptian who was once a Special Forces officer has been appointed "caretaker" leader of al Qaeda in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, according to a source with detailed knowledge of the group's inner workings.

Al Qaeda's interim leader is Saif al-Adel, who has long played a prominent role in the group, according to Noman Benotman. Benotman has known the al Qaeda leadership for more than two decades. He was once a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a militant organization that used to be aligned with al Qaeda, but in recent years renounced al Qaeda's ideology.

Obama's Mission: Talk to Some Enemies, Don't Kill Them

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
May 16, 2011 |

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama made two shocking breaches of foreign-policy-establishment etiquette. The first was to suggest if the U.S. had actionable intelligence that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, Obama, as President, would commit U.S. force to kill bin Laden. This statement of utter common sense was denounced by Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries. "He basically threatened to bomb Pakistan, which I don't think was a particularly wise position to take," she said. And it was similarly ridiculed by John McCain.

Let's Get to the Real Debate

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
May 12, 2011 |

Does the death of Osama Bin Laden mean the United States should speed up the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan?

Congressional leaders of both parties are saying it does, as are, reportedly, some advisers in certain quarters of the White House.

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