Geopolitics, Afghanistan, and the Importance of Pakistan
By Mark Gilchrist, Strategy Bridge: "As a peace agreement in Afghanistan becomes increasingly plausible it is important for America to focus on maximising long-term interests to retain a position of relative advantage and enduring influence in the region after the Afghan mission is complete."
As U.S. Presses Negotiations, Taliban Promotes Training of Fighters and Attacks
By Bill Roggio, FDD's Long War Journal: "In the Taliban’s latest video, which was released today on its official Website, Voice of Jihad, the group shows its fighters training for war as well as a montage of attacks on Afghan and Coalition forces."
By Elizabeth Buchanan, the interpreter: "China has no real incentive to practice restraint on a continent it invests billions in (from technical expertise, personnel training, to new icebreakers) and on which it recognises no territorial claims."
by Rick Berger, Bryan McGrath, and Christopher Preble
Michael Rubin | The National Interest
(Axios) The ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban are a “charade” designed simply to provide the U.S. a “face-saving way out of Afghanistan,” former CIA deputy director Michael Morell tells Axios.
(Defense News) The Pakistani government is promoting aims to increase public-private cooperation and develop a self-reliant, self-sustained defense industry. But the private sector is skeptical.
mentioning Thomas H. Henriksen via Readings
In exploring Counterinsurgency and the Indirect Approach, Dr. Thomas Henriksen assesses several cases where the United States has employed an Indirect Approach toward achieving strategic objectives, and he suggests where this concept has landed short of expectations.