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Wed, Sep 8, 2021

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

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Crisis Management

Wed, Sep 8, 2021

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

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.

MENASource by Jon Tishman

Afghanistan Iraq

Thu, Sep 2, 2021

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

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.

MENASource by Caroline Donnal

Afghanistan Iraq

Tue, Aug 24, 2021

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

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, Aug 23, 2021

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

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.

MENASource by Hezha Barzani

Afghanistan Iraq

Mon, Aug 23, 2021

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

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Aug 19, 2021

ISIS is defeated. What becomes of the ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ in Iraq?

In the aftermath of sanctions, three wars, and continued violence, Iraq’s infrastructure and established child services networks remain debilitated. The reintegration of child soldiers is an extensive and long-term project that demands more than Iraqi institutions can give.

MENASource by Heba Malik

Iraq Middle East

Tue, Aug 3, 2021

Event Recap: A conversation with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Ali Allawi

On July 28, the Iraq Initiative hosted an event with H.E. Ali Allawi, Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, to discuss the Iraqi delegation visit to the United States, the White Paper for Economic Reforms, and Iraqi economic and political developments.

Event Recap by Hezha Barzani

Iraq Middle East

Mon, Aug 2, 2021

NAEI in Inkstick: Adults in a Room

On August 2, Inkstick Media published a new Adults in a Room series article in collaboration with NAEI. The topic of this month’s installment was “the announcement by the Biden administration that it would be ending combat operations in Iraq, in addition to the full withdrawal from Afghanistan, signals a new era for US foreign […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Iraq

Wed, Jul 28, 2021

Fontenrose quoted in The Manoment Current on the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Iraq