By James Dobbins, Robert P. Finn, Ronald E. Neumann, William Wood, John Negroponte, Earl Anthony Wayne, Ryan Crocker, James Cunningham & Hugo Llorens, Atlantic Council: "A few critical guard rails stand out in order to avoid the risk of Afghanistan becoming a new center of terrorism harboring groups dedicated to attacking the United States and to avoid betraying our own values by depriving Afghans of the chance to determine their own future."
Great Power Competition and Relative Advantage:
Lessons from Thucydides for U.S. Strategic Thinkers
By Carsten Schmiedl, Small Wars Journal: "What are the limits of a security strategy predicated on relative advantage, and what can be done to mitigate them?"
(Reuters) U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he would limit his comments on talks between the United States and Taliban as negotiations were still ongoing “in some ways,” even as details of a draft deal have been publicly announced by President Donald Trump and a senior U.S. diplomat.