Sean Mann

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Sean Mann is a research assistant at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. He has also served as an adviser embedded with U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan.

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Foreign Policy Essay

In Afghanistan, the Glass is Still Better Seen as Half Full: A Response to Gary Owen

Editor's Note: In the latest entry in our ongoing dialogue on the future of Afghanistan, Stephen Watts and Sean Mann respond to Gary Owen's critique of their piece on the future of Afghanistan, arguing that although things may not be going "great" in Afghanistan, the picture is not quite as bleak as Owen makes it out to be.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Afghanistan After the Drawdown

Editor’s Note: Afghanistan was once the poster child for the war on terrorism but, almost 15 years after the fall of the Taliban, many Americans see it as yet another failed intervention in the greater Middle East. However, Stephen Watts and Sean Mann of RAND argue that the glass is half full. The United States and its allies have achieved several notable successes and can, for a modest investment, preserve some of the gains made in Afghanistan and keep the door open for even greater long-term success there.

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