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 Taxi to the Dark Side – The Story of American Torture

Taxi to the Dark Side – The Story of American Torture

Taxi to the Dark Side is an in-depth look at the United States’ use of torture in the War on Terror that won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film looks at the issue through the case of an Afghani taxi driver named Dilawar who died from treatment he received while in U.S. […]

Counterinsurgency Reading List

Counterinsurgency Reading List

Note: This is very much a work in progress, there are numerous sources and material for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of counterinsurgency (COIN).  The material I have included below merely reflects the sources I’m currently familiar with. For the moment, this list will be fairly informal and includes some speculation. Please feel free […]

South Asia’s Geography of Conflict – Robert D. Kaplan

Robert D. Kaplan has recently released a report that examines the pivotal role that both India and Afghanistan play in the strategic interest of the United States. According to Kaplan, India is a crucial pivot between China and the United States, with the potential of altering future relations between these two great powers as China’s influence within the international […]

Counterinsurgency - David Kilcullen

Counterinsurgency – David Kilcullen

Following the success and praise of his previous book, The Accidental Guerrilla, David Kilcullen has released a compilation of his previously published articles on counterinsurgency that have impacted and evolved the theoretical understanding of the field. From the “Twenty-eight Articles” that initially went viral to a summary of his doctoral dissertation, Kilcullen’s analysis can now […]

Authors@Google - David Kilcullen

Authors@Google – David Kilcullen

In the following talk given at Google, David Kilcullen discusses the primary points within his book, The Accidental Guerrilla. His 25 minute presentation is followed by a 40 minute Q&A with our notes posted below. The title of his book refers to members of the general populace that do not inherently hate the West but have […]

Foreign Affairs - March/April 2010

Foreign Affairs – March/April 2010

From the Sun King to Karzai – Seri Berman The primary challenge for Afghanistan is currently the establishment of a national government that has a monopoly over violence. In comparison to the French monarchs Louis XIII and Louis XIV, Afghanistan must consolidate central authority by eliciting the cooperation of local elites through coercion and carefully designed material benefits. Only by bringing warlords, tribal chiefs, and the […]

Seeds of Terror - Gretchen Peters

Seeds of Terror – Gretchen Peters

As a journalist with a deep interest in Afghanistan, Gretchen Peters offers an extensively researched account of the evolution of the heroin trade within Afghanistan and Pakistan. The recent escalation of hostilities in the region and the resurgence of the Taliban can be directly attributed to the proliferation of poppy fields. Furthermore, Afghanistan can now […]