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The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

In early February 2009, Richard Holbrooke, the newly named Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, took me aside at the State Department to tell me he was getting panicky messages from Pakistan’s generals about President Obama’s decision to appoint me chairman of a special review of American policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. Richard said the . . .
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Getting Away With Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

This holiday season will mark the sixth anniversary of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the remarkable women who twice served as Pakistan’s Prime Minister and who had come to symbolize the country’s hope for a better future.  She was killed in the same park where Pakistan’s first Prime Minister was assassinated in 1951.  The Pakistani . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #50: DIA Chief Lt. General Michael T. Flynn Speaks at Brookings

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Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM

On November 20, my Brookings colleague Bruce Riedel hosted an event with Lt. General Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Sponsored jointly with the National Intelligence University, the event featured a speech by General Flynn on the new security environment the United States faces and intelligence strategies for confronting it. It also featured . . .
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Bruce Riedel on the Mumbai Attacks, Five Years Later

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Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM

My Brookings colleague Bruce Riedel has an essay up on the Brookings web site entitled, “Five Years On, Mumbai Terror Masterminds Still at Large.” It opens: Five years ago, the city of Mumbai was attacked by Pakistani terrorists in the most important terror attack since 9/11. The 10 terrorists’ tactics have been copied by others . . .
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A Word on the Brookings Syria Event from Thursday

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Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I normally let our podcast posts speak for themselves, but I want to say a particular word about the event Brookings held on Thursday, which Wells just posted as the latest episode of the Lawfare Podcast. It’s an unusually thoughtful and excellent discussion, featuring a diverse array of perspectives and analytical expertise. And I urge readers . . .
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Bruce Riedel on President Obama’s Syria Decision

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Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM

My Brookings colleague Bruce Riedel, who directs the institution’s Intelligence Project following a 30-year career in the CIA, writes in with the following comments on President Obama’s speech this afternoon: President Barack Obama is right to ask the Congress to vote for or against military action in Syria. There is no threat of a Syrian . . .
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Tools and Tradeoffs: Confronting U.S. Citizen Terrorist Suspects Abroad

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Today, the Brookings Institution released a lengthy paper my colleague Daniel Byman and I have been working on for some time, entitled “Tools and Tradeoffs: Confronting U.S. Citizen Terrorist Suspects Abroad.” The Brookings release is available here. The full report is available here.  We will release audio of the launch event, which was hosted by our colleague . . .
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Lawfare Podcast #29: Former Counterterrorism Official Philip Mudd Interviewed at Brookings

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Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

On Monday, my Brookings colleague Bruce Riedel held an excellent discussion with Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and author of the new book Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda. Mudd has also served as the deputy director of the FBI’s National Security Branch and as the FBI’s senior intelligence adviser. They discussed the relative . . .
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Former Counterterrorism Official Philip Mudd at Brookings

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, director of the Brookings Intelligence Project and a former CIA official, hosted Philip Mudd, a former CIA and FBI official, for a public talk this Monday entitled “Organizing and Managing Intelligence Analysis to Fight Terrorism.” Mudd’s illustrious career speaks for itself: He joined the CIA in 1985, with stints at the National Intelligence Council and the . . .
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Need to Dodge a Drone? Here are 22 Al Qaeda Tips

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Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Yesterday, the AP released an English translation of what appears to be a 2011 Al Qaeda tip sheet.  (AP journalists evidently found the document in Timbuktu.)  Its author, AQAP senior commander Abdullah bin Mohammed, catalogs twenty-two handy methods by which Al Qaeda fighters can avoid unwanted drone-watching and drone-whacking. Some of his guidance amounts to . . .
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Upcoming Brookings Events

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM

I want to highlight these upcoming events at Brookings of potential interest to our readers in the D.C. area: Is there a Widening Sunni-Shia Schism? February 22, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST, Saul/Zilkha Rooms An upswing in sectarian violence in Pakistan, Bahrain and elsewhere in recent months highlights the historic tensions, and contemporary . . .
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Brookings Foreign Policy Scholars Join Lawfare’s Analytic Experiment

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:59 AM

The other day, I announced a little experiment that grew out of a conversation with Aaron Zelin, an expert on jihadist groups at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy: Zelin pointed out that while the analytical community of which he is a part often has a lot of information to bring to bear on questions . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #26: General Stanley McChrystal Speaks at Brookings on the Evolution of JSOC

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Monday, January 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM

This morning, my Brookings colleagues Michael O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel held an excellent event with General Stanley McChrystal on the evolution of JSOC and his new book, My Share of the Task. I can’t embed the video because of the way it’s formatted, but I am happy to make the full audio available as the . . .
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Brookings Event with Gen. Stanley McChrystal

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Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:49 PM

This should pique the interest of our local readers: Killing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and His Legacy: A Discussion with General Stanley A. McChrystal Monday, January 28, 2012, 10:00 — 11:30 am The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC Osama bin Laden may have been the most notorious face of al-Qaeda before . . .
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Brookings Event on Counterterrorism

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings held a fantastic event today entitled “Global Counterterrorism: A Progress Report” featuring Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department. Ambassador Benjamin discussed the state of American counterterrorism efforts as President Obama’s first term comes to a close, global terrorism trends, and the array . . .
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Upcoming Brookings Events

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Three events at Brookings are coming up in the near future that will be of interest to readers: 1. The Internationalization of Law Ninth Annual Raymond Aron Lecture Featuring Professor Mireille Delmas-Marty and Justice Stephen Breyer Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 5:30 — 7:00 pm. The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC. . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #22: Stephen Tankel on Pakistan, the Endgame in Afghanistan, and LeT

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8:13 AM

This is the latest piece in the interview series I have done over the last few months with terrorism and regional experts about non-legal issues of pertinence to Lawfare readers. For this episode, I interviewed American University professor and nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stephen Tankel. (The other interviews in this . . .
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Interview with Michael O’Hanlon on AfPak

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Two days ago, I posted video and audio of a Brookings Campaign 2012 event on policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan in the next administration. The event featured a paper entitled, “Maximizing Chances for Success in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” by two of my Brookings colleagues, Michael E. O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel. Separately from the event, I sat . . .
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Brookings Campaign Event on AfPak

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Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

In one of my numerous other lives, I am running the Campaign 2012 project for the Brookings Institution. The Campaign 2012 project is a cross-Brookings effort to identify critical issues facing the next administration and come up with constructive policy options, whether the next administration turns out to be a second term of an Obama . . .
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