Monthly Archives: October 2010

“The Taliban is a caravan”

Among other things, Sun Tzu, the great Chinese military strategist, wrote about the importance of knowing one’s enemy. In his words: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If … Continue reading

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Security vacuum and Taliban resurgence

Last week our group spent some time discussing the international community’s last footprint in Afghanistan, which, according to Seth Jones, is an indirect cause of the growing insurgency. Yesterday, we went one step further and explored the power vacuum that, … Continue reading

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A light footprint?

Monday was the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival into the United States. Coincidentally, here in the American Midwest, we had a discussion about the United States’ “arrival” into Afghanistan. We even mentioned the dangers for the United States of being … Continue reading

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A Just War?

This Monday it was time to discuss the Bush doctrine here in Chicago. We lengthily debated the concepts of preventive and preemptive wars, at the heart of the 2002 National Security Strategy. Preemption, which is all about self-defense, is the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Pakistan’s Policy towards the Taliban

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