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Trump is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan, but that won’t solve the underlying problems.
President Donald Trump and his top policy advisers are worried about America’s longest war, in Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan are worried as well. The question of whether the country’s fragile, corruption-ridden, and politically polarized National Unity Government (NUG) can survive its many foes –including an emboldened insurgency, crippling political division among the countries’ elites, and devastating tensions with its neighbors — is a common one among political analysts, ordinary people, and even government employees. In the last months, the Taliban has launched some of the most complicated and deadliest attacks that left not only scores of soldiers and civilians dead, but also humiliated the Afghan government and its partners. This week’s deadly bombing in Kabul was just the latest tragic incident.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 2, 2017
What Does America Consider Success in Afghanistan? -- Luke Coffey, National Interest
America's Afghan Mission Is No Longer Serving Its Purpose -- Daniel L. Davis, National Interest
Turkey wary of NATO's decision to join fight against IS -- Fehim Tastekin, AL-Monitor
Iran's Growing Casualty Count in Yemen -- Joshua Koontz, War on the Rocks
The Battle for Southeast Asia's Soul -- Peter Layton, RCD/Lowy Institute
China's Campaign to Shove Taiwan Off the World Stage -- Gordon G. Chang, National Interest
Trump-Phuc rekindle US-Vietnam warming trend -- David Hutt, Asia Times
North Korea Threatens Nuclear War With U.S. -- Tom O'Connor, Newsweek
Future of War is Fast Approaching in the Pacific -- Michael Horowitz, War on the Rocks
For Egypt, 1967 war marked end of pan-Arab dream -- AFP
Montenegro completes NATO’s control of the northern Mediterranean -- The Economist
The Blueprint for Saving Venezuela -- Srdja Popovic & Slobodan Djinovic, RCW
Trump faces tough task unwinding Obama Cuba policy -- Michael Weissenstein and Vivian Salama, AP
Trump may doubt climate change, but Pentagon sees it as a ‘threat multiplier’ -- Vera Bergengruen, McClatchy News
Will the Paris Agreement still be able to deliver after the US withdrawal? -- Bill Hare, Asia Times