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Ethics and the End of McChrystal

Questions of ethics in journalism often teeter at the top of a slippery slope. In the post-New Journalism world, the parameters for what qualifies as “journalistic” treatment are wide; take Gay Talese’s 1966 profile in Esquire, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” which was written without a personal interview. Add in the issues of free speech, […]

The Risks of Withdrawl

Entering a war is easy; getting out of it is the hard part. That axiom is particularly true for the United States today, as it muddles through three wars – two of which were forced upon it (Afghanistan and the “war on terror”), with the third (Iraq) started unnecessarily by a U.S. administration blinded by […]

The Afghanistan Complex

It appears that 2010 will be a decisive year for the war in Afghanistan. After an auspicious beginning in 2001, the Afghan War stagnated as the U.S. focused its efforts and resources on the war in Iraq. Now, it seems that the U.S. and many of its European allies – although France and Germany remain […]

Afghanistan: The Way Forward

Amid enormous debate regarding the next step in the war in Afghanistan, the core strategic dispute is being lost. Political forces in Washington have – predictably – hijacked the eight-year-old conflict, and virtually all discourse on the issue has been politically charged. General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, seems to […]

Seen in the Afghan Mirror

Will Afghanistan, the proverbial “graveyard of empires” turn into Barack Obama’s Vietnam? Will elections across Europe be in any way influenced by Osama bin Laden’s threat tied to NATO’s presence in Afghanistan? Will the U.S. pledge to focus more on civilian protection rather than just combat, sell with the Afghan locals? Those have been some […]

NATO Burden Sharing

NATO Burden Sharing

When discussing Afghanistan, many newspapers continue to suggest that some of Europe’s NATO allies are under-performing in Afghanistan, and are either unable or unwilling to make a greater effort. Naturally, these allies feel that their efforts are under-valued. What is a fair and equitable burden? First of all, the debate about burden-sharing should not be […]

Book Review: Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner

Brotherhood  and Courage Certain novels arrive on the booksellers’ shelves as a breath of fresh air. Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel, The Kite Runner, is one of these. The first novel by an Afghani-American to be published in English, Kite Runner is a relief from the political and historical take of much of today’s fiction on […]

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