In a rare double-whammy, I have two new articles out today, the first examining the durability of the Russia-Iran alliance (at Prospect Magazine), the second looking at the surprising drop in civilian casualties in Afghanistan last year (at National Review).
Last week the Trump administration announced it would be suspending all US security assistance to Pakistan. Here is my new piece at Prospect Magazine arguing why that is a risky move.
Read my latest, which argues that Pakistan has gravitated away from the US and its allies, cultivating stronger ties with China and other countries outside the western bloc. This deprives the US of leverage and might undermine President Trump’s desire to pressurize Pakistan into changing its policies. (Thanks to the Center for Research & Security Studies in Islamabad, which also ran the piece on their website here).
Read my long essay responding to President Trump’s not-so-new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.
Read my latest at National Review Online arguing that Trump is right to resist the flawed Afghan strategy that has reportedly been presented to him.
Read my new piece at Middle East Eye which looks at Iran’s considerable influence in Afghanistan and what it means for the US-led war there.
I have a new piece up at GVS, an exciting online news hub in Pakistan, responding to the US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ recent comments on Afghanistan.