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15 Apr 2016 description

By Anthony H. Cordesman

War is always a tragedy in human terms, but the four wars in the Middle East have raised the level of that tragedy to truly massive proportions. These costs are summarized in detail in a new analysis by the Burke Chair at CSIS entitled The Human Cost of War in the Middle East: A Graphic Overview.

This analysis is available on the CSIS web site at http://csis.org/files/publication/160203_human_cost_of_mena_wars_0.pdf.

05 Nov 2015 description

Posted by Chris Millard on Nov 02, 2015 at 01:27 pm

13 Aug 2012 description

Polio has a real possibility of being eradicated worldwide. Efforts to eradicate the virus have proved largely successful, in part thanks to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), launched by the international community in 1988. GPEI is a partnership of governments, private foundations, development banks, humanitarian organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and corporate partners. It is led by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

13 Jul 2012 description

Religious institutions and leaders are critically important in many conflict and post-conflict cases, and religious values often motivate either violence or peacebuilding. This report, part of an ongoing research effort to assess what is substantively distinctive about religion and the roles it can play in conflict, explores the ways that religion has been a factor in militant groups’ approaches to gaining support in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

07 Feb 2012 description

The withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq at the end of 2011 did not leave that country with a functioning democracy or effective governance; nor has it put an end to high levels of local violence, or ethnic and sectarian tension. In the wake of the developing leadership crisis between Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki and Vice President Hashimi which began on December 17, 2011, the decreased U.S. presence in Iraq seems to guarantee future sectarian violence and instability.

17 Jan 2012 description

Corporate engagement in natural disaster response has grown significantly in both scale and diversity during the last decade. Today, it is a central component of the international response machinery. Since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, large multinational corporations have become increasingly involved in on-the-ground response efforts, forming partnerships with traditional actors and with each other to enhance operating systems and to develop more rigorous strategic thinking in preparation for disaster assistance.

30 Sep 2011 description

By Stacey White

The catastrophic flooding in Pakistan in 2010 laid bare the multiplicity of fault lines that beleaguer the country as perhaps no other single event in its history. Not only did the flooding threaten the life and livelihoods of well over 20 million citizens, it exposed once again the gravity and complexity of unsolved governance issues in this 60-year-old nation, issues that are inextricably linked to the overall stability of the region and of the world.

18 Jul 2011 description

Conference report: June 14, 2011

Robert D. Lamb, Sadika Hameed, Joy Aoun, and Zeina Boustani

Introduction

18 Jul 2011 description

Amb. Karl F. Inderfurth

We are encouraged by news that India and Pakistan are re-launching a dialogue aimed at building trust, and encourage them to work in that same spirit to support a political process in Afghanistan. We look to them—and all of Afghanistan’s other neighbors—to respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty, which means agreeing not to play out rivalries within its borders….—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, February 18, 2011

29 Jun 2011 description

By Anthony H. Cordesman, Andrew C. Gagel Jun 29, 2011

The Burke Chair has prepared two new reports on terrorism in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia: 2007-2010. These reports draw on unclassified US reporting by the National Counterterrorism Center and the US Department of State.

12 May 2011 description

The Status of the War in the Spring of 2011

By Anthony H. Cordesman May 10, 2011

The war in Afghanistan is now approaching its tenth year. In spite of that fact, the US, allied countries, ISAF, and the UN have failed to develop adequate unclassified reporting on the progress of the war, to provide meaningful transparency on the problems and challenge it faces, and to provide a clear and detailed plan for the future.

11 May 2011 description

Introduction

Part Seven of this series addresses an issue that is absolute critical to pursuing the war in Afghanistan and the chances for any meaningful grand strategic victory in the war. As Vietnam showed all too clear, tactical victories, and even apparent strategic success, have no value unless they produce stable and lasting favorable results.

10 May 2011 description

Executive Summary

As the events surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden make all too clear, Pakistan is passing through one of the most dangerous periods of instability in its history. This instability goes far beyond Al Qa‟ida, the Taliban, and the war in Afghanistan. A net assessment of the patterns of violence and stability indicate that Pakistan is approaching a perfect storm of threats, including rising extremism, a failing economy, chronic underdevelopment, and an intensifying war, resulting in unprecedented political, economic and social turmoil.

29 Mar 2011 description

On Tuesday, March 29, we discussed the potential for regional and cross-border efforts to strengthen health systems in Central and South Asia with Dr. Gijs Walraven, Director of the Aga Khan Health Services of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Dr.

16 Mar 2011 description

Introduction

Afghanistan and Pakistan are sites of intense conflict-and intense international interest. The United States alone has nearly 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, many of whom are tasked with fighting insurgents who are based not in Afghanistan itself but across the border in Pakistan. The Pakistani military has selectively targeted some of those insurgents, while U.S. unmanned "drones" have flown across the border to target others.

07 Mar 2011 description

"Winning" Must Still Address Seven Centers of Gravity

-Defeating the insurgency not only in tactical terms, but by eliminating its control and influence over the population.

-Creating an effective and well-resourced NATO/ISAF and US response to defeating the insurgency and securing the population.

- Building up a much larger and more effective (and enduring base for transition) mix of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

- Giving the Afghan government the necessary capacity and legitimacy (and lasting stability)at the national, regional/provincial, district, and …

28 Feb 2011 description

The war in Afghanistan is now in its tenth year. In spite of that fact, the US, allied countries, ISAF, and the UN have failed to develop credible reporting in the progress of the war, provide meaningful transparency on the problems and challenge it faces, and a meaningful plan for the future.

15 Feb 2011 description

By Anthony H. Cordesman

The war in Afghanistan is now in its tenth year. In spite of that fact, the US, allied countries, ISAF, and the UN have failed to develop credible reporting in the progress of the war, provide meaningful transparency on the problems and challenge it faces, and a meaningful plan for the future.