Registan -- "Central Asia, all the time" -- is the go-to site for information about the increasing important conflicts in Central Asia. The site provides a window into the best, most interesting, or just entertaining material -- plus some analysis. Often intemperate or ill-considered -- but worth reading. Some recent posts of special interest: "Probably … Continue reading The go-to site for information about the war in Afghanistan
Clausewitz spoke of a trinity of the people, the government, and the military. The rise to dominance of fourth generation warfare has made this conceptually useless, providing only a perspective from which to see how the world has changed. During the past 60 years a new trinity of modern war has emerged for armies fighting in foreign lands. Chet Richards … Continue reading The trinity of modern warfare at work in Afghanistan
The Afghanistan War is absurd. Extending our wars into Pakistan is insane. For more moderate expressions of essentially the same view, here are essays from a diverse range of sources. '"Legends of the fail", Manan Ahmed, The National, 7 May 2009 -- About the decades-old tradition of experts predicting that Pakistan will collapse any day now. Also … Continue reading Why are we fighting in Pakistan?
Joshua Foust writes short and insightful articles about the Afghanistan War at Registan.net-- one of the best sources of information about that important but undercovered war (their motto: All Central Asia, All the Time"). For example, here is a comment about Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School … Continue reading Brilliant, insightful articles about the Afghanistan War
A new article by Dr. David Kilcullen: "Political Maneuver in Counterinsurgency", posted at the Small Wars Council (24 April 2008) -- "Road-Building in Afghanistan, Part 1 of a Series on Political Maneuver in Counterinsurgency" Over the past eight years Kilcullen has laid a profound theoretical foundation for COIN on which he has written many articles … Continue reading Roads in Afghanistan, a new weapon to win 4GW’s?