The U.S. must defend the integrity of Iraqi elections (Washington Post)

April 30, 2010

Kimberly Kagan and Fredrick Kagan write about turmoil of governemnt formation following the Iraqi elections and what the U.S. should do in response.

ISW Senior Fellow Michael Gordon guest blogs on

April 30, 2010 - Michael R. Gordon

 Does the Military Oversuse PowerPoint?

Michael Gordon for's blog The Tank

April 28, 2010


The Tank asks the experts: Has the U.S. military gone overboard with its passion for Power Points, or is it just a case of briefers using the tool as a crutch to flesh out an otherwise poorly delivered brief?


Iraqi Candidate Disqualification Update

April 29, 2010 -

This backgrounder provides the names of potentially disqualified seat winners and the consequences if the move is upheld.

Politics and Power in Kandahar

April 21, 2010

This report documents the dynamics, personalities, and relationships that drive politics in Kandahar.

Best Practices in Counterinsurgency - Operation Seventh Veil

April 1, 2010 - Institute for the Study of War

ISW’s Best Practices in Counterinsurgency series examines pivotal COIN operations executed in Iraq by interviewing the soldiers who designed, participated in and led the successful missions.

"Why Negotiate with The Taliban?" (WSJ)

March 16, 2010 - Kimberly Kagan

Military progress is being made in Afghanistan. There's no reason to alienate moderate Pashtuns.

"A Sea Change in Pakistan?" by Jeffrey Dressler and Reza Jan (SWJ)

March 12, 2010 - Institute for the Study of War

There appears to be a fissure in Pakistan’s long-standing support for the Quetta Shura Taliban. The recent arrests have caused a flurry of speculation about possible changes in Pakistani policy.

Iraq on the Eve of Elections

March 3, 2010

This backgrounder provides an update on the political landscape in Iraq, the electoral process, and post-election government formation.

Force Distribution in Marjah and Nad Ali

March 2, 2010 - Institute for the Study of War

For more information on the Force Distribution in Marjah and Nad Ali, see Operation Moshtarak: Taking and Holding Marjah by Jeffrey Dressler.