A Hawk Reappraises the Afghan War

A review of Bing West, The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan.  (New York: Random House, 2011). Bing West, a marine veteran and assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, has written extensively on American soldiers in various wars from the Vietnam War, in which he Read More …

The Other Conflict in Afghanistan

Brian M Downing  The ongoing insurgency in the Pashtun regions of Afghanistan rightly commands attention, but it obscures a critical second conflict in the country. Longstanding antagonisms between the non-Pashtun peoples of the North and the Pashtun people of the South are heading toward fissure.  Paradoxically, settlement of the insurgency, through negotiation Read More …