Insurgency

Mission Accomplished in Iraq?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
September 1, 2010 |

On May 1, 2003, aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, President George W. Bush announced "major combat operations" in Iraq had ended. The defeat of Saddam Hussein, he told the American people, was "a crucial advance in the campaign against terror."

For the umpteenth time, Bush bracketed Saddam and the 9/11 attack. "The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September 11th, 2001, and still goes on."

Hostage Nation

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 12:15pm

The New America Foundation’s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative hosted co-authors Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce on September 7, 2010. They presented a brief overview of their book, Hostage Nation, which focuses on the bloodless rescue of two American contractors and a former Colombian presidential candidate. The following discussion explored the rescue specifically and the US-sponsored drug war generally.

Restrepo: Film Screening and Discussion with the Director

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 5:00pm

**This video is of the discussion with Tim Hetherington following the screening of Restrepo. The film itself is not included in this video.**

Helmand and Kandahar

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 4:00pm
On Wednesday, June 23, reporter and author Stephen Grey spoke at the New America Foundation about the current situation in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, Afghanistan. The event was moderated by Senior Research Fellow and co-director of NAF’s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, Peter Bergen. Mr. Grey spoke first about Helmand, where he was imbedded with coalition troops during the liberation of the town of Musa Qala in the northern part of the province.

Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:15pm
On Wednesday, June 16th, New America Foundation and the Heinrich Böll Foundation hosted Imtiaz Gul, a Pakistani journalist and author of the newly-released book The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier. The event was moderated by Peter Bergen, co-director of the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative and Senior Fellow of New America Foundation.

Afghanistan: A Look Ahead

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 12:15pm
Please join the New America Foundation in a conversation with former Afghan Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.

All Kayani’s Men

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation

Voltaire remarked of Frederick the Great’s Prussia that “where some states have an army, the Prussian Army has a state!” The same can easily be said of Pakistan. The destruction of the army would mean the destruction of the country. Yet this is something that the Pakistani Taliban and their allies can never achieve.

Al-Qaeda’s Allies

  • By Anne Stenersen
April 19, 2010

Fragmented alliances. This paper examines the nature of the relationship between al-Qaeda and the Taliban after 2001, which is complex because neither the Taliban nor al-Qaeda is a homogenous actor. Rather, each is a network of like-minded groups and individuals that answer, to some degree or other, to a centralized leadership.

The Battle for Pakistan: FATA and NWFP

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
April 19, 2010

The Battle for Pakistan: South Waziristan

  • By Mansur Khan Mahsud
April 19, 2010

Of all the tribal agencies and districts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of northwest Pakistan, few have assumed as much importance for the United States since September 11, 2001, as South Waziristan. Comprising 6,619 square kilometers, or about 2,555 square miles, South Waziristan is the country’s southernmost tribal agency and the largest by area.

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