Burke Chair on Afghanistan

Burke Chair reports on Afghanistan analyze the course of the Afghan war and provide an independent critique of the Transition in Afghanistan.

Reports in this section assess military progress in the war, and the security challenges Afghanistan faces, as well as the major problems in Afghanistan’s civil society, politics, governance, and economy.
 

Major Works

Security Transition in Afghanistan

The Forces Shaping Transition in Afghanistan: 2014-2016

The Civil Transition in Afghanistan: 2014-2016

The Afghan War and Transition: Updated Report on The Forces Shaping Transition in Afghanistan, 2014-2016

Afghanistan and the Growing Risks in Transition

The Afghan War in 2013: Meeting the Challenges of Transition – Volume I: The Challenges of Leadership and Governance

The Afghan War in 2013: Meeting the Challenges of Transition – Volume II: Afghan Economics and Outside Aid

The Afghan War in 2013: Meeting the Challenges of Transition – Volume III: Security and the ANSF

The Uncertain Role of the ANSF in Transition: Establishing Real World Criteria and Metrics

Latest Publications/Commentary

Losing the “Forgotten War”: The US Strategic Vacuum in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia

Pakistan and Afghanistan: International Indicators of Progress

Transition in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Progress and Risks

Afghanistan and Iraq: Learning the Lessons of Worst Case Wars

President Obama’s Announcement on Troop Levels in Afghanistan: No Plan, No Transparency, No Credibility, and No Leadership

Post-Election Transition in Afghanistan: A US Leadership Vacuum that Urgently Needs Hard Decisions and Real and Honest Leadership
 
The Afghan Civil Transition Crisis: Afghanistan’s Status and the Warnings from Iraq’s Failure

Time is Running Out in Afghanistan: The April 5th Election is Only the Prelude to Transition

Shaping the ANSF to Meet the Challenges of Transition

Time is Running Out in Afghanistan: The April 5th Election is Only the Prelude to Transition

The Reality Beyond Zero and 10,000: Choosing a Meaningful Option in Afghanistan

The Uncertain Strategic Case for the Zero Option in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Remember the War We are Still Fighting

Failing Transition: The New 1230 Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan

Transition in Afghanistan

Salvaging the War in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: The Real World Choices in Staying or Leaving

Afghanistan: Meeting the Real World Challegnes of Transition

The War in Afghanistan at the End of 2012: The Uncertain course of the War and Transition

The Mindless Debate over Future US Military Manpower in Afghanistan

The Role of Independent Civilian consultants and Think Tanks in the Afghan and Iraq Wars

Six Conditions for an Effective Transfer of Power in Afghanistan

The Afghan War: Creating the Economic Conditions and civil-Military Aid Efforts Needed for Transition

Back to the “Body Count:” The Lack of Reliable Data on the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

Afghanistan: Green on Blue Attacks Are Only a Small Party of the Problem – From 2001 Through August 2012

Afghanistan and the Tokyo Conference: Hope, Fantasy, and Failure