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Volume 5, Issue 3


Fall 2011

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On this tenth anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), we pause to reflect on the dramatic events of 9/11 and the many strategic challenges of the Long War, and to honor our service members for their dedication and perseverance.

In our first feature article section, "The War in Afghanistan, Ten Years On," we take a close look at the war in Afghanistan as it has unfolded, and explore important lessons learned, challenges that continue to confront us, and insights on our strategic options as the planned 2014 NATO withdrawal approaches. We are very proud to present several top-notch articles by CCS students Trevor Lanham; Daniel Schierling; Omar J. Wheatley; and a new student thesis by Jeremy W. Holton. In addition, we are also very pleased to present articles by CCS founder and director, professor Thomas H. Johnson; CCS senior analyst Matthew C. DuPee; and NPS professor James A. Russell.

In our second article section, "Insights for the Long War," we present several articles examining various lessons from, and potential solutions to, the War on Terror, with articles by: Jonathan K. Shaffner and David A. Anderson; Tridivesh Singh Maini; and Barry S. Zellen; as well as extracts from the recent NPS report, Gangs and Guerrillas: Ideas from Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism; and from both the sixth and seventh editions of AQAP's Inspire magazine, the former celebrating the martyrdom of Osama bin Laden and the latter celebrating 9/11 as a "marking point in history" and "the greatest special operation of all time." We also present the late Anwar al-Awlaki's 2009 "44 Ways to Support Jihad" as part of an essay on his recent martyrdom.

 

Feature Articles: The War in Afghanistan, Ten Years On

CCS Student Insights

  • Mullah Muhammed Omar: A Psychobiographical Profile by Trevor Lanham
  • Improving Afghan Governance: Why the Task May be Self-Defeating by Capt Daniel Schierling, USMC
  • Biodiesel from Poppies: An Alternative Strategy to Combating the Opium Trade in Afghanistan by LCDR Omar J. Wheatley, USN
  • Student Thesis: The Pushtun Behavior Economy: An Analysis of Decision Making in Tribal Society (PDF), Jeremy W. Holton, June 2011

CCS Analyst Insights

  • Deja Vu: Afghanistan Prepares for Another Withdrawal (PDF) by Thomas H. Johnson (from Jane's Intelligence Review, October 2011)
  • Can Afghanistan's Counternarcotics Efforts Survive NATO Withdrawal? by Matthew C. DuPee (from World Politics Review, July 14, 2011)
  • Tactical Insights: Innovation in Operation Enduring Freedom – 4/25 Operations in P2K by James A. Russell
Lessons for the Long War
  • Tactical Insights: Command Economies – Understanding Sustainable Economic Incentives at the Tactical Level by Jonathan K Shaffner and David A. Anderson
  • Domestic Insights: Gangs and Guerrillas: Ideas from Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism, edited Michael Freeman and Hy Rothstein
  • Cultural Insights: Punjab: Can It Be a Bridge to Peace Between India and Pakistan? by Tridivesh Singh Maini
  • Coalitional Insights: A Post-Jihad Era? Arab Spring Brings West and Islamists into an Unexpected – and Potentially Transformative – Alliance by Barry S. Zellen
  • Enemy Insights I: Sixth Edition of AQAP's Inspire Celebrates Bin Laden's Legacy and Martyrdom by Inspire Editors
  • Enemy Insights II: Seventh Edition of AQAP's Inspire Celebrates 9/11 as the "Greatest Special Operation of all Time" by Inspire Editors
  • Enemy Insights III: After Anwar al-Awlaki by C&C Review Editors
Book Reviews: Mapping the Literary Terrain
  • Review: Seyyed Hossein Nasr's Islam in the Modern World: Challenged by the West, Threatened by Fundamentalism, Keeping Faith with Tradition by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN
  • Review: John Hughes' Islamic Extremism and the War of Ideas: Lessons from Indonesia by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN
  • Review: Chris Heffelfinger's Radical Islam in America: Salafism’s Journey from Arabia to the West by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN
  • Excerpt: "Introduction" to Richard Bonney, Tridivesh Singh Maini, Tahir Malik, eds., Warriors after War: Indian and Pakistani Retired Military Leaders Reflect on Relations between the Two Countries, Past, Present and Future (Peter Lang 2011)
  • Excerpt: "Foreword" to Barry Zellen's The Realist Tradition in International Relations: Foundations of Western Order by Joel M. Ostrow (PSI 2011)

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