China May Have Just Brokered An Iran-Pakistan Accommodation

op-ed | Lawrence Sellin
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The United States appears on the verge of being strategically out-maneuvered

Is Chinese Militarization Of Pakistan Beginning?

op-ed | Lawrence Sellin
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Pakistan is not shy about stating its interest in joint naval operations

Afghanistan Is A Proxy War, Not An Insurgency

op-ed | Lawrence Sellin
Taliban AFP/Getty Images/STRDEL

The Taliban is a bunch of hired thugs who extort villagers at gunpoint

The Convoluted Arguments Underlying U.S. Afghanistan Strategy

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin
Afghanistan Getty Images/Majid Saeedi

U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is not only illogical, it is being overtaken by events

Was Iran Behind The Kandahar Bombing That Killed UAE Diplomats?

op-ed | Lawrence Sellin
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran, Iran June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/File Photo

They had the motivation and opportunity.

ISIS Is Growing In Pakistan

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin
A boy holds a national flag as he watches an air show to celebrate the 70th Independence Day in Islamabad

The Afghan Taliban may only be the tip of the Islamist iceberg in South Asia.

Diversity Is Radical Islam's Greatest Weakness

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin
Shi'ite fighters hold an image of the Islamic State flag after clashes with IS militants in Saqlawiya, north of Falluja, Iraq, June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

Exploiting fractures in the ideology could allow the U.S. to achieve its goals with less blood.

China’s Risky Investment In Pakistan

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin
A boy holds a national flag as he watches an air show to celebrate the 70th Independence Day in Islamabad

The countries are making a huge bet that economic development can coexist with the infrastructure of terrorism.

War Gaming A U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin

By destabilizing Afghanistan, Pakistan ultimately may be destabilizing itself.

The Strategic Truth About The War In Afghanistan

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin

There is leverage — potential paint points — that U.S. analysts should consider exploiting.

Pakistan Could Become China's South Asian North Korea

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin

One North Korea is enough.

Creating A 12 To 24-Month Policy Bridge For A New Afghanistan Strategy

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin
Fort Carson Holds Deployment Ceremony For Soldiers Heading To Afghanistan

A longer term solution will follow

What Will Happen If The U.S. Leaves Afghanistan Prematurely

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin
FARAH, Afghanistan (Jan. 9, 2013) Security force team members for Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah wait for a UH-60 Blackhawk medevac helicopter, assigned to Army National Guard C Company, 2-211th Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance), to land before moving a simulated casualty during medical evacuation training on Forward Operating Base Farah. PRT Farah trains, advises and assists Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district and provincial levels in Farah province, Afghanistan. Their civil military team is comprised of members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State and the Agency for International Development (USAID). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Hospital Corpsman Josh Ives/Released) 130109-N-IE116-388

‘A Pakistan-supported Taliban government would be in control of Afghanistan within twelve months’

Meet the Mullahs: Pakistan's Neighborhood Islamist Evangelists

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin

An independent, secular Balochistan, free of religious militancy may be the solution for the region.

The Problem In Afghanistan Is Pakistan

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin
Marines with 2nd Marine Regiment conduct a live-fire range at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Providence, Afghanistan, Aug. 12, 2013. The exercise provided weapons familiarization to Marines upon arriving in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Demetrius Munnerlyn/Released)

Pakistan perpetuates the war in Afghanistan. We can do something about it or get out now.

U.S. Afghan And South Asian Policy Suffers From Strategic Stagnation

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin

An independent Balochistan could dampen regional terrorism and strengthen U.S. interests.

Kushner Discovers Unified Field Theory Of Government

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin
He shows off his superhuman administration abilities.

Counter Pakistan's Support For The Taliban With Baloch Nationalism

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin

It is an opportunity for the U.S. to exert leverage.

A Vietnam Strategy For Afghanistan

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin
Ghazni, Afghanistan— Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, the Afghan National Police, and the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps assemble for a recognition ceremony for Operation Maiwand. The operation was initiated and planned by the Afghan National Army and was carried out with the help of the ANP and Task Force Fury. Together they conducted security and military operations and delivered humanitarian aid in Ghazni Province to gain support from the Afghan people.

It is less about absolute troop levels than how an agreed-upon strategy is being executed.

Trump's Political Epitaph

Opinion | Lawrence Sellin
US President Donald Trump speaks at the presentation ceremony for the Commander-in-Chief trophy to the US Air Force Academy in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Pleasing the political establishment and representing the people are mutually exclusive endeavors.