WASHINGTON — They are the Sopranos of the Afghanistan war, a ruthless crime family that built an empire out of kidnapping, extortion, smuggling, even trucking. They have trafficked in precious gems, stolen lumber and demanded protection money from businesses building roads and schools with American reconstruction funds. Read the entire article
ISW cordially invites you to a Field Report with General James Mattis, U.S. Central Command. General Mattis and Dr. Kimberly Kagan will discuss the future of the Middle East and emerging challenges and opportunities.
Kimberly Kagan is the founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War. She is a military historian who has taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Yale, Georgetown, and American University. She is the author of The Eye of Command (2006) and The Surge: a Military History (2009), and editor of The Imperial Moment (2010). Dr.
Pamela Brown, a research intern on the Afghanistan Project, published the Fact Sheet: The Kabul Conference while at ISW, and is now pursuing a BA/MA in political science at Yale. She is a student in Yale’s Grand Strategy Program.
Wesley Morgan, is a senior at Princeton University and a Contributing Scholar at ISW. Since 2007, he has made four research trips to Iraq and Afghanistan.
James Fussell, a former Major in the US Army Special Forces and a Contributing Scholar at ISW. Mr. Fussell served two years in Northeastern Afghanistan as well as numerous other combat and non-combat deployments throughout the world. His awards include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy where he was awarded the NY State Society of the Cincinnati-Blanche S. Lutterloh memorial award for highest standing in Military History. Mr. Fussell co-produced the report: Kunar and Nuristan: Rethinking U.S.