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Blood and hope in Afghanistan: A June 2015 update

May 26, 2015, Vanda Felbab-Brown

As the United States tries to wind down its military participation in Afghanistan’s counterinsurgency after more than a decade of struggles against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, Afghanistan’s future remains precarious at best, writes Vanda Felbab-Brown, with fundamental structural problems of the new power-sharing government, and rising insecurity presenting major challenges. Military operations should be directed in a way that can positively impact negotiations with the Taliban, argues Felbab-Brown, and campaign promises to improve governance and fight corruption, thus far unfulfilled, remain critical for the sustainability of the Afghan state and the basic political dispensation in the country.

  • Interview | PBS NewsHour

    February 5, 2015, Steven Pifer

  • In the News

    I think where the South Korean government has some culpability is that in the 1970s some Korean officials from the central government did go to these camp-towns and try to persuade these women who were working as sex workers to co-operate with the U.S. military command. The priority was to keep the U.S. military command happy so they would stay in Korea because there was a threat of pull-outs of U.S. troops.

    November 27, 2014, Katharine H.S. Moon, BBC
  • In the News

    Once these [South Korean] women were there, they couldn't get out easily. They were raped continuously - raped by the manager. Anything the bar owner deemed necessary for a woman to attract [American] GIs to sell sex - make-up, clothing, some decoration in their hut rooms - was rented out to the women. If the women were ill or if they needed assistance to pay for a funeral for a family member, they would borrow from the bar owner. All of these expenses became part of their debt and unless you paid off this debt you couldn't leave.

    November 27, 2014, Katharine H.S. Moon, BBC
  • In the News

    My guess is that [former Korean sex workers] chose to frame the U.S. military prostitution issue to ride the coattails of the Japanese ‘comfort women’ or 'jeongsindae' movement. They could have assumed — I have no proof — that there might be public sympathy or understanding, since the Japanese ‘comfort women’ issue is well-known nationally and internationally. But I think it was a mistake to choose that term. It undercuts the jeongsindae case and confuses the public.

    September 11, 2014, Katharine H.S. Moon, Global Post
  • In the News

    I was a bit surprised by [the president's decision to leave Asia out of the address at West Point] myself. The main answer, I think, is that this was an army audience and the army, along with the marines, have borne the brunt of ground interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan. So it's important for army officers to know, going forward, how the U.S. government is going to use them — and, more importantly, not use them. And that's what he did. If he had done the graduation speech at the Naval Academy, which is on the front lines of rebalancing, it would have been a very different, Asia-focused speech.

    May 31, 2014, Richard C. Bush III, The China Post
  • Interview | Washington Examiner

    March 27, 2014, Peter W. Singer and Charles Hoskinson

  • Interview | Google Ideas

    Beyond Software: The Future of Conflict

    December 4, 2013, Peter W. Singer

  • Interview | NPR- "To The Point"

    December 3, 2013, Salman Shaikh

  • Interview | KCRW

    The Threat to America From Our Own Nuclear Weapons

    October 7, 2013, Steven Pifer

  • Interview | Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Rebalancing Toward Asia and the Air Sea Battle Concept

    August 12, 2013, Peter W. Singer

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