Reuters reports that the Taliban Resistance has lost ground in Afghanistan: Taliban say they have retaken three northern districts seized by Afghan militias. I wonder how long they can hold out. For that though, DW can help with: Why Afghanistan’s Panjshir remains out of Taliban’s reach. Live updates on Afghanistan can be tracked in The New York Times (live update) and DW (live updates). Reuters also provides some insight into what comes next for Afghanistan in: Analysis: China, Pakistan, India jockey for position in Afghanistan’s new Great Game. On a completely other note, Lawfare has a fascinating take on Reconstruction following The U.S. Civil War that is definitely worth your time: The Failure of Counterterrorism After the Civil War. And DW has an excellent explainer on the importance of fresh water and how this problem is only going to get worse in: Water scarcity: What’s the big deal? All of this and more in Today’s Daily Dump.
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August 23, 2021
Podcast: An Un-American Way of War: Why the United States Fails at Irregular Warfare – Irregular Warfare
Podcast: Afghanistan Debacle – Net Assessment
Podcast: Diplomacy Shaken Not Stirred – Horns of Dilemma
4th Quarter 2021 Journal Call for Papers – The Strategy Bridge
France’s Afghan Lessons – RUSI
Taliban’s special forces outfit providing ‘security’ at Kabul airport – Long War Journal
How Iran Helped Houthis Expand Their Reach – War on the Rocks
Terrorism in South Asia After the Fall of Afghanistan – War on the Rocks
8/23/2021 National Security and Korean News and Commentary – Small Wars Journal
SOF CA: The Things We Think But Do Not Say – The Civil Affairs Association
All He Wanted Was a Pepsi! – The Civil Affairs Association
Afghanistan Aftershocks – Center for Strategic and International Studies
Opinion: ‘Forever war’ benefiting Afghans? Follow the money – Asia Times
Biden’s US-first approach leaves NATO in the lurch – Asia Times
Taliban takeover already terrorizing Pakistan – Asia Times
Live Updates: Pressure Grows on Biden to Extend Afghan Withdrawal Deadline – The New York Times
Biden’s Foreign Policy Priorities. How Afghanistan fits into President Biden’s foreign policy plans, and how he could salvage the withdrawal. – The New York Times
Moldovan President Seeks ‘Pragmatic Relationship’ With Russia – Radio Free Europe
Podcast: An Afghan Specter Haunting Moscow? – The Week Ahead in Russia
Zelenskiy Looks To International Forum To Return Russia-Annexed Crimea – Radio Free Europe
Egypt closes border after Israel-Hamas escalation – Africa News
A Taliban Challenge: To Learn the Lessons of History – Foreign Policy
In Central Africa, Russia Won the War—but It’s Losing the Peace – Foreign Policy
Why America keeps building corrupt client states – The Economist
These Boston Dynamics Robots Can Do Parkour… But What’s the Point? – Popular Mechanics
Homegrown app helping Kabul residents steer clear of danger – Ars Technica
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