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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 […]

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 […]