Kunar and Nuristan: Rethinking U.S. Counterinsurgency Operations

July 24, 2009 - Michael Moore

This paper documents Coalition and Afghan efforts to implement counterinsurgency in Kunar and Nuristan.

Kurdish Elections

July 23, 2009

This paper describes the structure of the KRG’s political bodies and offices, the major parties, and the mechanics of the July 25th election.

"In Afghanistan, U.S. needs a steady push"

July 12, 2009

ISW Communication Director Megan Ortagus writes an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer about USMC Operation Dagger.

Book Review: "The Surge"

July 8, 2009 - Institute for the Study of War

Brendan Simms of the Wall Street Journal reviews ISW President Kimberly Kagan's latest book titled "The Surge".

Balancing Maliki

June 26, 2009 - Jeremy Domergue

Iraq’s political map has changed dramatically since the Provincial Elections with the emergence of new national coalitions.

"Flexibility Key to U.S. Withdrawal from Iraqi Cities"

June 23, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

For the first time since the start of the war, American forces are withdrawing from Iraq’s cities, reducing their numbers and turning responsibility for security over to Iraqi forces.

"Iraq: Three Movements, but No Symphony" by LTG James Dubik (ret.)

June 1, 2009 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

The term surge is a popular catchword these days, but it is unhelpful in understanding the realities and complexities of what has happened and is happening in Iraq.

Provincial Governments in Southern Iraq

May 29, 2009 - Tommy Meyerson

Following Iraq’s provincial council elections on January 31, 2009, the political parties that captured seats in the provinces of the mainly Shia south scrambled to form ruling alliances.

"New team faces daunting challenges"

May 25, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

ISW President Kimberly Kagan writes an editorial in the Washington Examiner on the new American leadership in Afghanistan and NATO.

Afghanistan's Ethno-Linguistic Groups

May 19, 2009 - Institute for the Study of War

ISW's most recent map of Afghanistan indicates the locations of ethno-linguistic groups and their representation in Afghanistan's largest cities.