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Grasping the nettle: why reintegration is central to operational design in southern Afghanistan

Reintegration not only has a role for all actors in a counterinsurgency — police, civil and military — but indeed demands of them a common purpose, and a truly concerted effort to attain it. Moreover, lasting reintegration is much harder to foster and generate than simply announcing a

A view from Kandahar

In a new Afghan Voices paper, Zabih Ullah* explores how locals view coalition military operations in Kandahar. The author argues that, from a Kandahari perspective, the coalition’s military operations seem to be failing. While noting that locals do not want coalition forces to leave, the author

Justifying Afghan role a hard sell

In an opinion piece in The Age newspaper, Anthony Bubalo argues that Australia's defence force commitment in Afghanistan has bipartisan political support, while polling shows that public attitudes are increasingly against a continuing involvement. The government, Bubalo argues, has failed to present

Terror in capital brings fight to elite

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason writes that the latest Taliban attacks have blown up the illusion that Kabul is a safe haven.The Australian, 20 January 2010, p. 8

Obama's surge

In a new Lowy Institute Policy Brief, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo considers the implications of President Obama’s decision to send additional US troops to Afghanistan

History of fear in a country of dust

In a major review essay in The Australian Literary Review, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason reviews three books on the conflict in Afghanistan.Australian Literary Review, 3 June 2009, p. 10

West must grasp the nettle

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason argues that the key to the success of the campaign in Afghanistan lies in changing leaders' calculations.The Australian, 22 September 2009, p. 8

Time to pay the full price in Afghanistan

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Whit Mason, a non-resident fellow of the West Asia program at the Lowy Institute, argues for offering sufficient rewards to attract and retain police, soldiers and civil servants in Afghanistan.The Australian, 20 November 2009, p. 8

One reason you shouldn't go to Afghanistan with a beard

In an opinion piece on, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo and Susanne Schmeidl of the Afghan NGO The Liaison Office, argue that the United States and its allies will have to exercise more care in their use of Special Operation Forces if they are to win the hearts and minds

Idealism killing Karzai

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, argues that the West should cut the Afghan President some slack.The Australian, 23 October 2009, p. 12

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Lydia Khalil presentation

In the Wednesday Lunch on 24 September, Non–resident Fellow Lydia Khalil shared her recent experiences traveling and working in Iraq and Afghanistan and discussed how commonalities can be applied to successful stability operations in these and any other potential conflict zone