Central and West Asia

Redefining Targets

December 2009

Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium and has an under-reported but growing heroin-use problem. Current drug control policies in Afghanistan are unrealistic, reflecting a need for immediate signs of hope rather than a serious analysis of the underlying causes and an effort to achieve long-term solutions.

President Obama's Afghanistan Escalation Speech: An Assessment

December 2009

President Obama's speech reflected accountability not to his base, the extraordinary mobilization of people who swept this anti-war and anti-racist candidate into office, but rather to the exigencies of Washington's traditional military, political, and corporate power-brokers who define "national security."

Reprise? Obama and Afghanistan

November 2009

Obama's caving in to the pressures of Pentagon to escalate the war in Afghanistan will inevitably mean weakening his programmes at home and losing the support of the broad progressive coalition that brought him to power.

Corruption in Afghanistan - Blame and shame

November 2009

If the international community is serious about dealing with corruption in Afghanistan, they need to revise their own dubious practices.

Security in Afghanistan - Business as usual?

November 2009

The security threat has made the operations of international agencies in Afghanistan more costly, but it is also one of the few booming sectors providing much needed jobs to some and lucrative profits to others. TNI staff report from Afghanistan.

Ending the US War in Afghanistan

David Wildman
November 2009

In this compact, concise, jargon-free primer, the authors examine the U.S. war in Afghanistan and why it must be brought to an end.

"Armeen dienen nicht mehr der Abschreckung"

September 2009

Friedensforscher Jochen Hippler über den Waffen-Mix im 21. Jahrhundert und neue Anforderungen an Soldaten angesichts regionaler Konflikte.

Afghan creep

September 2009

President Obama’s Afghan and Pakistan goals for U.S. security remain obscure. If Obama focused instead on the phantom-like bin Laden he may ensure a second term.

Frieden braucht einen bürgernahen Staat

June 2009

Der Krieg in Afghanistan ist militärisch nicht zu gewinnen. Er hat politische Wurzeln, und die seit 2003 dramatisch eskalierende Gewalt ist das dramatische Symptom einer politisch-gesellschaftlichen Krisensituation, nicht das eigentliche Problem. Die Verstärkung der ausländischen Truppen greift deshalb zu kurz - mehr Soldaten können günstigstenfalls Zeit für eine politische Lösung gewinnen, den Konflikt aber nicht lösen. Im ungünstigen Fall können sie sogar zur Eskalation eines militärischen Gleichgewichtes führen.