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Battle on Top of the World: Rising Tensions in Tajikistan’s Pamir Region

Central Asia, Region Pamir Alai, Fan Mountains

Central Asia, Region Pamir Alai, Fan Mountains (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sébastien PeyrouseGerman Marshall Fund of the U.S., August 29, 2012

The events that shook the autonomous Gorno-Badakhshan region in eastern Tajikistan in July shed light on the internal fragility of some of Afghanistan’s neighbors, and the need to better assess the real sources of instability in Central Asia. The Tajik government often posits that it is fighting Islamic insurgents from Afghanistan, mostly foreigners belonging to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and allies of the Taliban. But many observers reject this argument… (more) http://ow.ly/1mbSTe

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FPA: Civilian Role in Conflict Areas Marches On

by , Foreign Policy Association, August 20, 2012

Whether drowned out last week by the US presidential campaign, or the crash of August waves at the beach, a rare but notable news item may have missed most readers. A suicide bomber in eastern Afghanistan killed four Americans, one of whom was a civilian aid worker, only the second such US professional to lose his life in Afghanistan since 2001… (more) http://ow.ly/1m2Ttt

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IISS: Afghanistan after NATO pulls out: will it stand or will it fall?

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1st Lt. Chris Richelderfer, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, looks at possible enemy positions during Operation Saray Has July 19 near Forward Operating Base Naray, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Brandon Aird)

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By Rita Payne, ETN London, July 23, 2012

There have been dire predictions about prospects for Afghanistan after the bulk of NATO forces withdraw from the battle-scarred country in 2014. A panel of experts took part in a discussion in London on July 10, organized by the Commonwealth Journalists Association, to share their views on what lay ahead for Afghanistan. http://ow.ly/1lMx3o

 

 

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RAND: Security Force Development in Afghanistan: Learning from Iraq

Physical map of Afghanistan, administrative di...

Physical map of Afghanistan, administrative division into 34 provinces following the administrative reform from 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Olga Oliker, Rand, July 18, 2012
Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on July 18, 2012.
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NATO Source: U.S. defense companies prepare for downturn

Military expenditure as percent of GDP, data t...

Military expenditure as percent of GDP, data taken from the CIA factbook. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NATO Source: U.S. defense companies prepare for decade-long downturn
Jorge Benitez | July 13, 2012

From Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters:  U.S. defense companies are trying to get creative as they gird for a decade of flat or declining military spending in Europe and the United States, eyeing more cooperation across borders, joint ventures, foreign sales and adjacent markets.   (more) http://ow.ly/1lkMnH

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