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).
Why Pressuring Pakistan Will Not Be Easy
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).
Trump’s “New Strategy” for Afghanistan
Read my long essay responding to President Trump’s not-so-new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.
Iran: A Challenge for the “Special Relationship”
Read my latest piece at Prospect Magazine on the Iran nuclear deal and US-UK relations.
On Afghanistan, Trump is Right to Hesitate
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.
Afghanistan’s Torture Crisis
Read my latest article at Prospect Magazine on the alarming increase of torture in Afghanistan.
Drones in the Trump Era
Read my latest piece for Al Jazeera English, which considers Trump’s reported plans to relax constraints on targeted killing and move authority for drone strikes back to the CIA.
New Inquiry into CIA Torture Program
A new inquiry has just been launched into the state of North Carolina’s alleged role in the CIA’s torture and rendition of captives after 9/11. I covered the launch of the inquiry for The Independent, here.
Piece on Trump & Rendition
I have a new piece up at The Independent considering the likely continuation of rendition under Trump. Read it here.
Afghan War Ignored in US Election
Read my latest piece at Al Jazeera on the US’ war in Afghanistan and how it has been almost totally ignored in the 2016 presidential election.