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“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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Afghanistan and the Politics of International Intervention – Day 1

Today’s meeting was devoted to the Soviet Afghan war, the collapse of the central government in the 1990s, the emergence of strongmen and the rise of the Taliban that followed. The idea was to give the students a general understanding … Continue reading

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Afghanopoly in a Nutshell

A group of Northwestern University undergraduate students decided to gain a better understanding of the American-led intervention in Afghanistan. They now meet once a week to discuss the intricacies of Afghan politics. This blog will summarize some of the key … Continue reading

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