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Cutting off your nose to spite your face

December 19, 2010


To me, Afghanistan is perhaps the most intellectually exciting conflict that there has been for a while now. It captures all the problems of warfare in the 21st Century, as well as being the sum total of decades of internal conflict and great power politics. The downside to this complexity is figuring out a solution. […]

Tim Mathews: Time to talk, time to kill

December 13, 2010


This week will likely be dominated by Afghanistan, with Andrew Exum launching his new paper at CNAS tomorrow and the White House releasing its December review on Thursday. Perhaps as a last minute pitch to the review, a number of experts signed an open letter to President Obama last week calling for negotiations with the […]

Afghanistan: An unwinnable war?

September 23, 2010


I am always annoyed when someone says a war is unwinnable; it annoyed me when it was said about Iraq with much sanctimony and it annoys me now when said about Afghanistan. No war is unwinnable; to succeed depends on figuring out the kind of conflict you’re fighting, organising yourself accordingly and doing it better/faster […]

Some ‘light’ Sunday reading

September 12, 2010


I tend to use my Facebook page to recommend reading, but obviously there are people who don’t ‘like’ it – maybe due to mental illness, maybe because of sexual deviancy. Who knows? But as my first post on the Conservatives and the First World War is taking longer to finish than expected, I felt I […]

Should Britain withdraw from Afghanistan?

July 12, 2010


As regular readers should know that kind of question leads to a smack across the face of whoever asked it. Withdrawalists are a particular nuisance of mine, from mindless anti-war protesters to supposedly respectable critics like Rory Stewart and Adam Holloway. One would think, then, that David Cameron’s comments recently about British combat troops being […]

Arguing Afghanistan: Rory Stewart and Military Orientalism

June 8, 2010


As readers might’ve guessed, opponents of the campaign in Afghanistan are a nuisance of mine, from anti-war protestors who think because the country is hot and Muslim it must be like Iraq to more serious critics like Adam Holloway. The problem is not their position, which is valid, but the disingenuous arguments they use to […]

Arguing Afghanistan

June 4, 2010


I was lucky to get onto a discussion panel in March debating whether or not British troops should be withdrawn from Afghanistan, which was hosted by the university International Affairs Society. One of the speakers against withdrawal, Con Coughlin of The Daily Telegraph, dropped out at the last minute and I grasped the opportunity to […]