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IranSource

Sep 22, 2021

Iran ‘won’ the war with Iraq but at a heavy price

By Barbara Slavin, Abbas Kadhim

More than four decades after the beginning of a dreadful war that shaped the lives and worldview of a generation, Iraq and Iran seem to have put the past behind them and moved to a new relationship. But the road ahead is not without landmines. The balance of power is too lopsided in Iran’s favor to allow for a healthy alliance and Iran’s continued estrangement from the US makes Baghdad’s balancing act even trickier. The Iranians may be enjoying their triumphant short-term position, but the long-term consequences could be calamitous.

Iran Iraq

In the News

Sep 16, 2021

Slavin quoted in The National Interest on failures of the War on Terror

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Defense Policy

In the News

Sep 11, 2021

Slavin joins TRT World Newshour to discuss 9/11 and US foreign policies

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

In the News

Sep 9, 2021

Ashford on the Pop & Locke podcast: The Hurt Locker and the legacies of the war on terror

By Atlantic Council

On September 9, Emma Ashford joined Natalie Dowzicky, Landry Ayres, and Eric Gomez on the Pop and Locke podcast to discuss the movie “The Hurt Locker,” and the legacies of the war on terror. They discussed whether the movie is an accurate depiction of the experiences of service members during the Iraq War and how […]

English Iraq

In the News

Sep 8, 2021

Brahimi in Foreign Policy: “20 Years After 9/11, U.S. Global Authority Is Weaker Than Ever”

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Crisis Management

MENASource

Sep 8, 2021

It’s been twenty years since 9/11. The US Army still hasn’t learned to speak Arabic or Dari.

By Jon Tishman

The August withdrawal ended close to twenty years of combat operations in Afghanistan, while the US aims to end seventeen years of combat mission in Iraq by the end of this year. After such lengthy conflicts, one might expect the US Army to be overrun with soldiers fluent in Arabic and Dari. Despite repeated deployments and enough time to educate current senior leaders in the ranks from grade school skills to bachelor’s degree-level, the overall rate of soldiers conversant in target languages remains abysmally low in combat arms, even among codified linguist positions.

Afghanistan Iraq

MENASource

Sep 2, 2021

To honor two generations of service members, prevent the next GWOT ribbon

By Caroline Donnal

Today, executive and legislative actions signal a shift: America’s military footprint in the Middle East is shrinking and thousands of troops are coming home.

Afghanistan Iraq

In the News

Aug 24, 2021

Nooruddin quoted in Al-Jazeera Balkans: “German general: Rising risk of ISIL suicide attacks.”

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

MENASource

Aug 23, 2021

My family was part of the US evacuation of Kurds in 1996. The US must do the same for Afghans.

By Hezha Barzani

The US has the means and know-how to save Afghan lives with air evacuations as they have done previously through Operation Pacific Haven in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and other campaigns, like Operation New Life in Vietnam during 1975 and Operation Open Arms in Kosovo during 1999.

Afghanistan Iraq

In the News

Aug 23, 2021

Wechsler joins Modern Warn Institute to discuss US military failures post 9/11

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict