Afghanistan

Scholarly Publications

Explaining Suicide Terrorism: A Review Essay

January 2007

The current trend toward suicide bombings began in Lebanon in the early 1980s. The practice soon spread to civil conflicts in Sri Lanka, the Kurdish areas of Turkey, and Chechnya.

Homeland Security: A New Strategic Paradigm?

December 2006

How has the threat of catastrophic terrorism reshaped the strategic environment?

Other Publications

The Limits of Counterinsurgency Doctrine in Afghanistan

September 2013

Counterinsurgency strategy, as applied in Afghanistan, rested on the assumption that it was feasible for the U.S.

There is hope yet for Afghanistan

November 2012

Former Ambassador to Afghanistan and 2012-2013 CISAC Perry Fellow Karl Eikenberry outlines how Afghans are optimistic about the direction their country is taking, and why policymakers...

News

The U.S. drone war in Pakistan revisited

November 2018

Many analysts, practitioners, and scholars are skeptical of the efficacy of drone strikes for counterterrorism, suggesting that they provide short-term gains at best and are counterproductive at...

Russian policy toward Afghanistan is precarious

August 2015

Russian leaders are grappling with difficult and complex foreign policy choices on Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S.

Felter: Insurgents attack aid programs to undermine governments

July 2014

Research by CISAC Senior Research Scholar Joe Felter shows that insurgents try to derail government-delivered aid programs in poor areas because they fear successful programs will boost the...

Events

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Secrecy, Security, and Oversight of Targeted Killing Operations

June 4, 2015

Abstract: Governments around the world have been targeting and killing individuals to prevent them from committing terror attacks or other atrocities.

The USAF Weapons School and the B-52H: Integrating Legacy and 5th Generation Platforms in order to Inspire and Transform

June 4, 2014

Abstract: Weapons School is the premier USAF tactical school producing advanced air, space and cyberspace leaders/tacticians capable of transforming and inspiring the nation’s joint combat power....

The Future of Post-Election Afghanistan

May 13, 2014

Due to the interest generated by this seminar, we have exceeded our seating capacity and are not able to accommodate any more guests.

Projects

Empirical Studies of Conflict

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) addresses critical challenges to international security through methodologically rigorous, evidence-based analyses of insurgency, civil war and...
English

Stanford Ethics & War Series (2010-2011)

The Bowen H.
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Mapping Militant Organizations

This research project launched in 2009 traces the evolution of militant organizations and the interactions that develop among them over time.
English

Multimedia

Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, and Contradictions: America's Lessons Learned in Afghanistan

July 2015

Former Ambassador to the U.S. and Karl Eikenberry speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 29, 2015 and reflects on lessons learned from interventions into unstable nations.

People

Brett McGurk Lecturer
Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar
Robert Rakove Affiliate
Philip Reiner Philip J. Reiner Affiliate