His piece on contractors is first-rate: http://www.ndu.edu/inss/news.cfm?action=view&id=52
Our friends at the Washington Institute are certainly sounding worried about Iraq: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=3262
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University invites you to a Forum:
“What Are America’s Real Commitments in Afghanistan?”
Minister Ali A. Jalali, Distinguished Professor, Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), National Defense University, Washington, DC; Interior Minister of Afghanistan (Jan. 2003-Sept. 2005)
Wednesday, October 27, 5-7 p.m.
Rome Auditorium, 1st Fl., Rome Building
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
While U.S. politicians debate America’s CHOICES in Afghanistan, it is worth asking what COMMITMENTS, if any, has the U.S. entered into? Part of the answer lies with the “Afghan Compact”, a five-year agreement between international partners and Afghanistan launched by the Government of Afghanistan at the London Conference, Jan 31-Feb 1, 2006. The compact formalized commitments to Afghanistan and stipulated its key areas of activity. The U.S. reconfirmed its commitment to the compact in November, 2009. Additionally, a shared, international commitment to Afghanistan was declared at the Paris Conference in 2008.
Speaker at this Forum, Minister Ali Jalali, former Minister of Internal Affairs of Afghanistan, has written extensively on Afghan military affairs and on civil development. Earlier he served as colonel in the Afghan Army and was a top military planner with Afghan Resistance after the 1979 Soviet invasion.
To register, please send an email with your name and affiliation to SAISCACIForums@jhu.edu, latest by 10 a.m. on the morning of the event. Space at this event may be limited and registration is mandatory. The Forum opens with a reception and refreshments at 5 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. With inquiries please call 202-663-7723.
Scott Atran thinks so, but only if we stop killing them and accept “separation of men and women in the public sphere” as the foundation of Pashtun tribal life.
ICG is feeling more positive about the capabilities of the Iraq security forces, but not about their cohesion. Gotta wonder where that leads!