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Daily Dump: Losing Ground in Afghanistan, Jockeying for Position in the New Great Game, Water Wars and More – August 23, 2021

Daily Dump: Losing Ground in Afghanistan, Jockeying for Position in the New Great Game, Water Wars and More – August 23, 2021

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

IRREGULAR WARFARE IS GREAT POWER COMPETITION – PART 1 – WAR ROOM

IRREGULAR WARFARE IS GREAT POWER COMPETITION – PART 2 – WAR ROOM

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

Beijing’s American Hustle: How Chinese Grand Strategy Exploits U.S. Power – Foreign Affairs

A Post-American Central Asia: How the Region Is Adapting to the U.S. Defeat in Afghanistan – Foreign Affairs

Firefight involving Western forces erupts amid Kabul airport evacuation chaos – Reuters

Analysis: China, Pakistan, India jockey for position in Afghanistan’s new Great Game – Reuters

Taliban say they have retaken three northern districts seized by Afghan militias – Reuters

UK plea for US to extend Kabul airlift may fall on deaf ears – AP

Ukraine’s leader vows to do all he can to bring back Crimea – AP

China both worries and hopes as US departs Afghanistan – AP

US seeks to ramp up Afghan evacuations ahead of deadline — live updates – DW

Why Afghanistan’s Panjshir remains out of Taliban’s reach – DW

Water scarcity: What’s the big deal? – DW

Egypt pledges support to Somalia, eyeing Horn of Africa influence – Al Monitor

Turkish army on lookout for tunnels in northern Idlib – Al Monitor

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

Data Brokers Are Advertising Data on U.S. Military Personnel – Lawfare

The Failure of Counterterrorism After the Civil War – Lawfare

Assessing the Effect of the United Kingdom’s Integrated Review on Operations Below the Threshold of War – Divergent Options

What The Civil Reserve Air Fleet Is And Why It’s Been Activated For The Third Time In 70 Years – The Drive

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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