US troops provide an important protection for Afghans against insurgents in the war that started with 9/11 nearly 19 years ago, says UNSW’s Dr Srinjoy Bose.
We must recognise that war is a finite, extraordinary and unnatural state of affairs, not something entered into as a panacea capable of solving all problems, argues Ian Bickerton.
It is the women and girls of Afghanistan who have the most to lose if the West's mission fails, writes Jenny Stewart.
Resolution of the war in Afghanistan requires the Taliban, the American and Karzai governments to recognise that victory, in any military sense, is illusory and cannot be fully realised, argues Ian Bickerton.
One of the world's leading counter-insurgency experts, Dr David Kilcullen, will speak at UNSW next week (Thursday, 3 September).