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Colin Cookman Archives

There’s No Success Without Political Progress

The U.S. military and intelligence community took two steps forward in Afghanistan, but President Karzai took two steps back, write Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman.

by Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Friday, February 26, 2010

A Word of Caution About Mullah Baradar’s Capture

Yesterday the New York Times broke the story of the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the operational leader of the Afghan Taliban and the highest-ranking insurgent figure captured since the war began in 2001. Baradar's capture, which the BBC reports happened approximately a week ago, took place in the Pakistani port city of Karachi in a joint operation between the CIA and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Although few details about his condition or his cooperativeness are available, Baradar is now said to be under joint questioning in Pakistani custody.

by Colin Cookman | Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Is Vital

Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis outline India’s strategic importance to the United States on global and regional issues as India’s prime minister arrives for the first state visit hosted by President Obama.

by Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis | Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Our Faustian Bargains in Afghanistan

Afghan elections illuminate how ex-warlords’ influence continues to hold back democratic governance and threaten political stability, write Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Christina Misunas.

by Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Christina Misunas | Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Keep Pushing Effective Governance in Afghanistan

The international community should continue to demand strong government in Afghanistan as the country heads into another round of voting, write Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Peter Juul.

by Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Peter Juul | Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Don’t Put All the Security Eggs in the Al Qaeda Basket

Faced with commander McChrystal's grim new security assessment, the Obama administration stands on the brink of making major reforms to its Afghanistan strategy—one that is further complicated by reports of election fraud that diminish the legitimacy of its partner government in Kabul.

by Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Thursday, October 15, 2009

Faces of Pakistan’s Militant Leaders

Militant commanders in Pakistan are often collectively referred to as “Taliban,” but they groups possess varied origins, motivations, tactics, and leadership. These profiles offer insight.

by Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Interactive Map: Leaders of Pakistan’s Militant Groups

cursor icon Interactive Interactive map shows the locations of Pakistan's militant leaders, gives information about their motivations and tactics, and shows where the Pakistani military is fighting them.

by Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Street Fighting

China’s president was set to meet global leaders in Italy, but had to return home to deal with riots in Xinjiang, write Winny Chen, Colin Cookman, and Chris Beddor.

by Winny Chen, Colin Cookman, and Chris Beddor | Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Interactive Map: Fighting Pushes Pakistanis from Their Homes and Threatens Further Instability

cursor icon Interactive Pakistan’s displaced people deserve a close look this World Refugee Day—this interactive map shows how fighting has pushed Pakistan’s people from their homes.

by Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Friday, June 19, 2009

Slideshow: Pakistan’s Internally Displaced People

cursor icon Interactive This slideshow shows powerful images of Pakistan's refugees, telling a story of the issues they're facing and the violence that displaced them.

by Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Friday, June 19, 2009

Meeting the Challenges in Pakistan

book_alt2 icon Report Lawrence J. Korb, Brian Katulis, and Colin Cookman report on the current situation in Pakistan and how to move U.S. strategy forward.

by Lawrence J. Korb, Brian Katulis, and Colin Cookman | Wednesday, May 27, 2009

First Impressions from Pakistan

Lawrence Korb, Brian Katulis, and Colin Cookman deliver preliminary observations from their current trip to Pakistan.

by Lawrence J. Korb, Brian Katulis, and Colin Cookman | Monday, April 27, 2009

Threats, Options, and Risks in Pakistan

U.S. Predator missile strikes in Pakistan have risen in the past year, writes Colin Cookman. But the question remains, how effective are they?

by Colin Cookman | Thursday, March 5, 2009

Partnership for Progress

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Caroline Wadhams, Brian Katulis, Lawrence J. Korb, and Colin Cookman offers a new strategy for prosperity and stability in Pakistan and the region.

by Caroline Wadhams, Brian Katulis, Lawrence J. Korb, and Colin Cookman | Monday, November 17, 2008