By Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, War Room: “When the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) finally closed shop in Afghanistan in 2014, many participating nations professed a weariness with complex, civil-military, out-of-area operations. These operations demanded close, often awkward, relationships of cooperation, co-existence, and confrontation between different civil and military actors."
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By Anil Sigdel, RealClearDefense: “Ideally, for the U.S., a united block in South Asia under India's leadership would mean to either help control Chinese inroads into the region or provide some support to promote and uphold the liberal architecture. However, such thinking overlooked at least two important factors, if not more."
Options for Peace in the Continuing War in Afghanistan
By Suzanne Schroeder, Divergent Options: “The goal of a defeated Taliban has proven to be outside of the realm of realistic expectations, and pursing this end does not advance American standing."
Can the Taliban Movement Become a Meaningful Diplomatic Actor?
By Farkhondeh Akbari, the interpreter: “The Taliban are not necessarily looking for a win-win outcome. They can easily break away from a peace agreement and continue fighting if their demands are not met."
By Roger McDermott, Eurasia Daily Monitor: “It is highly likely that Gerasimov’s speech, as well as others during the conference, will play a role in the formulation of Russia’s the new military doctrine ordered by President Vladimir Putin in December 2018."
Technology, Uncertainty, and Future War
By Chris Tuck, Defence-In-Depth: “It would seem reasonable to assert that the role played by technology on future battlefields will depend to an important extent on the sorts of wars in which that technology will be used."