‘Unforced Errors’ could be applied to many circumstances in relation to the war in Afghanistan (or life in general really) and today The Modern War Institute details one of those in: An Unforced Error: How US Attempts to Suppress the Opium Trade Strengthened the Taliban – I hope our reverence for the poppy doesn’t change due to its significance in this war. It played a very different role here and will definitely be in the back of my mind on 11/11. As the Last troops exit Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war (AP), I will remember the great ones lost. The Center for Strategic and International Studies keeps up the excellent work covering the evacuation in Afghanistan Aftershocks. Reuters has a shocking Exclusive: Before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to ‘change perception’ that is revealing but I am not sure what it reveals. Regardless of how you interpret it, intelligence was at least partly to blame. All of this and more in Today’s Daily Dump.
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August 31, 2021
Podcast: Episode 8: Russia’s Red Sea Strategy – Global Security Briefing
Speaker Series: The Uses and Limits of US Leverage in Fragile States – NSI
Al Qaeda praises Taliban’s ‘historic victory’ in Afghanistan – Long War Journal
After Withdrawal: How China, Turkey, and Russia Will Respond to the Taliban – War on the Rocks
What’s Iran’s Nuclear Deal? – War on the Rocks
Ten Things the United States Should Do to Combat Terrorism in the Sahel – War on the Rocks
Iran’s Bet on Autonomous Weapons – War on the Rocks
8/31/2021 National Security and Korean News and Commentary – Small Wars Journal
Afghanistan Aftershocks – Center for Strategic and International Studies
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Blended Finance, and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa – Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Cuban Crackdown: How the Military Bolsters Authoritarian Rule – Foreign Policy
Shores of Tripoli Review – The Landing
Iraqi Kurdish leader helps ease Turkey-UAE tensions – Al Monitor
Taliban victory inspires pro-Iran militias in Iraq – Al Monitor
China on the cusp of a ‘profound transformation’ – Asia Times
UK gunboat diplomacy fires blanks at China – Asia Times
Pakistan military brooks no dissent on the Taliban – Asia Times
The Taliban Celebrate Victory, With a Crisis Looming – The New York Times
Ukraine’s Leader, Meeting Biden, Seeks Security Assurances After Afghan Pullout – The New York Times
Stranded in Kabul: A U.S. Resident Runs Out of Options – The New York Times
Watch: In The Shadow Of Chinese Mines, A Serbian Village Cries For Help – Radio Free Europe
U.S. Announces Fresh Military Aid To Ukraine As Zelenskiy Visits Washington – Radio Free Europe
The New Puritans – The Atlantic
The Pentagon Wants to Launch a Nuclear Thermal Rocket in 4 Years – Popular Mechanics
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