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A memorial procession for Sgt. James Johnston, who was killed in Afghanistan in June, passes through Trumansburg, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. AP/David Goldman

From Vietnam to Afghanistan, all US governments lie

US officials have consistently lied over decades about progress in the Afghanistan war. The lies are no surprise, writes a foreign affairs scholar – but they have profound consequences.
A supporter of Ashraf Ghani takes part in an election rally in Kabul last month. Jawad Jalali/EPA

Afghanistan’s suffering has reached unprecedented levels. Can a presidential election make things better?

According to a recent survey, Afghans rate their lives worse than anyone else on the planet. The election is unlikely to be a game changer considering the magnitude of challenges facing the country.
Nigerian soldiers clearing Boko Haram camps in Borno State. The government has contracted private security companies to help. EPA/Stringer

Peeling back the layers on the role of private security companies in Africa

Private military and security companies are increasingly being contracted in Africa. But there are big gaps in understanding their impact.
Tribal members in a jirga, or circle – one traditional avenue for justice in Afghanistan. Lizette Potgieter/Shutterstock

Afghanistan: how to widen access to justice

In countries where people access different justice providers, a hybrid model could pull them together and ensure better oversight and human rights.
A board for the Prussian wargame of ‘Kriegsspiel.’ Matthew Kirschenbaum/Wikimedia Commons

War games shed light on real-world strategies

War games let you test your political and military acumen right at your kitchen table – while also helping you appreciate how decision-makers are limited by the choices of others.
When U.S. troops go home, ethnic militias will likely gain strength. REUTERS/Parwiz

What will come after a US withdrawal from Afghanistan?

The US has been at war in Afghanistan since a few weeks after 9/11. Now we are negotiating a peace with the Taliban, the same insurgents who sheltered Osama bin Laden.

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